Spooked by firecrackers, police open fire

Shabir Ahmad
Kulgam: Police opened fire after mistaking firecracker bursts for gunshots near an election rally of Congress candidate from Homshalibugh in this south Kashmir district.
Congress candidate Inayatullah Rather was scheduled to address a rally near Sumo Stand Yaripora when policemen mistook firecrackers going off at two wedding functions in the vicinity of the venue
for gunshots and fired shots in air.
JK Congress chief, Saifuddin Soz was also expected to address the rally, which was later cancelled.
Eyewitnesses said that police also beat up some shopkeepers in the market.