Firing 12 bore gun kills onlookers, several injured, assailant arrested
Baramulla: Two persons were killed when a land dispute turned violent in north Kashmir’s Uri area on Wednesday as an attacker fired a 12 bore gun that hit pedestrians and onlookers.
Reports said that the dispute was going on for quite some time between the families of Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh and Abdul Rashid Lone over a chunk of land in main town Uri. The two parties had approached the court of law two years ago but the skirmishes were going on over the possession land.
On Wednesday, Abdul Rashid Lone accompanied by a group of his relatives turned up at the disputed site and attempted to fence it with tin sheets. The court had reportedly allowed him to install a tin shed within the land.
While Lones were installing wooden poles to erect the shed, the family of Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh also arrived at the spot and attempted to stop work.
Locals said Mushtaq Sheikh was equipped with a 12 bore gun. When the scuffle intensified, he fired in a fit of rage towards his opponents resulting into injuries to at least six persons.
Most of the injured were onlookers watching the scuffle. One injured youngster Javid Ahmad, a resident of Silikote village, who was reportedly passing by sustain fatal wounds. Four others were immediately shifted to local hospital where Jahangir Ahmad of Boniyar succumbed to his injuries.
Jahangir was working at a milk shop as salesman. Two of the injured persons were later shifted to district hospital Baramulla.
SDPO Uri Javid Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that two persons died in the incident. “A case under section 302, 307, 34 RPC has been registered and investigations thave been started,” he said.
Block Medical Officer (BMO) Uri Dr Mohammad Ramzan said that a highly critical person succumbed to his injuries at Uri hospital. Sources said both the slain persons had no connection with the land dispute.
Uri police arrest several persons including Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh in connection with the double murder.