Anantnag: A 45-year-old man was injured on Srinagar-Jammu Highway when militants attacked vehicles carrying government forces in South Kashmir, police said. The police statement, however, did not ascertain the exact location of the attack.
The injured civilian has been identified as Meenu Arif, son of Ghulam Mohiuddin, a resident of Bakhshiabad area in Anantnag town. Meenu is an engineer and works with a construction firm in Banihal. He was travelling towards Banihal when the incident took place.
“He has been shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment, though he is stable,” a police spokesperson said.
Police said that Arif was first rushed to Public Health Centre (PHC) in Vessu Qazigund in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said.
“He (Arif) told the hospital staff that at about 5 in the morning, unknown militants fired at security forces vehicles moving ahead of his car,” the police spokesperson said. Police claimed it recovered 20 cases of empty ammunition from the ‘spot’
Given the timing of the firing, no eyewitnesses of the incident could be traced. Kashmir Reader tried to get information from residents in Vessu, who said that they heard few gun shots soon after the Fajar prayers.
“Since it was early morning, nobody could confirm what actually had happened. We came to know about a civilian having been injured in firing through social media later,” a local told Kashmir Reader.