2 photojournalists targeted with pellets

SRINAGAR: A day after government forces assaulted several photojournalists at Batamaloo, two photojournalists — Muzamil Mattoo working with Kashmir Reader and Zuhaib Maqbool who works for an online portal — were hit by pellets while covering a protest in Rainawari area of old city.
Muzamil has suffered pellet injuries in head, back and arm, while Zuhaib has been hit in his eye, chest and face.
“We were hit when police were chasing protesters. A cop who saw us taking photos fired pellets directly at us,” Muzamil said.
“It was late afternoon and I had gone to cover a procession at Naidyar, Rainawari. When I reached at the spot a large number of people was moving towards the main Chowk.  Suddenly four police vehicles arrived and dispersed the protesters and nabbed one of them,” he added.
“I along with Zuhaib and another photojournalist reached a point where there was nobody. From somewhere stones were hurled towards policemen who were hiding in an alley.  After a short while a cop with pellet gun came out of the alley and pointed it at me and Zuhaib. We showed him our cameras but he still fired towards us,” Muzamil said.
Srinagar senior superintendent of police Amit Kumar told Kashmir Reader that was not unaware about the incident and will get back to this reporter after inquiring about it.
Superintendent of police (city north) Sajad Khaliq termed the incident “highly unfortunate and sad” and said “he will inquire about it and will ask his men to prevent its repeat in future.”
On Saturday a number of photojournalists were thrashed and injured by government forces at Batamaloo here.

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