- Two killed, one injured in Kupwara incident; locals pelt stones on army vehicles in protest, set one afire
Kupwara: Two women were killed and another injured when an over-speeding army vehicle mowed them down near Panzgam village on the Kupwara-Chowkibal road in Kupwara district on Tuesday morning. The three women, who were walking on the road, included a mother and her daughter. Protests later broke out in the area, with locals pelting stones on army vehicles.
Pertinently, according to the traffic department, over 750 people have been killed in Kashmir in accidents involving army vehicles in the last 25 years.
Eyewitness said the over-speeding army truck, registration number 870-176159M of 271 company, skidded off the road and hit the women, who were identified as Naza Begum, wife of Khazar Mohammad Bhat, her daughter Pakeeza, and Saima, daughter of Mohammad Afzal Beigh, all from Panzgam. The injured women were shifted to a hospital but Naza, 36, and Saima, 25, succumbed to their injuries while Pakeeza is still in hospital.
Chief Medical Officer Kupwara Dr Gulam Nabi lone confirmed the two deaths and injuries to the third woman in the incident. “One lady died on the spot and another succumbed in the hospital,” he said.
Soon after the incident, a large number of people from Panzgam took to the streets and staged protests against the army. They hurled stones on many army vehicles and also set one afire. The army personnel escaped from the spot. Locals said that the army driver was driving the truck very fast and could not control it, leading to the accident.
In a press release, the Indian army later expressed “deep regrets at the unfortunate accident in Panzgam”. The Kralpora police have reportedly registered a case in this regard and started investigations.
Meanwhile, a passenger bus skidded off the road near Nowshera on the Baramulla-Uri road, resulting in injuries to six people. All the injured were reported to be stable.