Photojournalist thrashed by government forces
Anantnag: A policeman was shot at and injured grievously by suspected militants on Monday at general bus yard of Anantnag town. A woman also received minor injury during the shootout.
The injured policeman has been identified as Ghulam Hassan of Indian Reserve Police (IRP) 16 Battalion.
A senior police official from Anantnag told Kashmir Reader that the cop was performing his duty in the bus stand premises, “when militants attacked him.”
“Several shots were fired by the militants and one of the bullets pierced Hassan’s neck,” the police official said, adding that a woman, Sumeet Kaur, was also injured during the firing.
Both Hassan and Kaur, were rushed to the nearby Anantnag district hospital from where Hassan was immediately removed to Army’s base hospital in Badamibagh cantonment area of Srinagar.
Senior superintendent of police Anantnag Altaf Khan said that the injured policeman has been operated upon at the hospital.
“He has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He is still in a critical condition,” he said.
Soon after the attack, a contingent of government forces reached the spot of the incident and cordoned off the area to carry out searches. During the searches, eyewitnesses said forces manhandled several civilians.
Also a photojournalist was ruthlessly beaten by the forces and was not allowed to perform his professional duties.
“They slapped me several times and kicked me forcing me to stop taking pictures at the spot,” the photojournalist Sheikh Mashooq told Kashmir Reader.