Anantnag: Army soldiers on Monday allegedly opened fire on a group of civilians in Bijbehara town, leaving a 60-year-old man with a bullet injury. The injured man has been identified as Mohammad Abdullah Ganai, of Hussainpora village in Arwini area of Bijbehara. He has been admitted to Bone and Joints Hospital in Srinagar for treatment.
The incident was reported from the town’s main Goriwan market, along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
Local sources and eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that army men on duty in the main market thrashed a youth who was riding his motorcycle, identified as Mudassir Ahmad Mantoo.
“It was unclear what happened. Apparently the motorcyclist was overtaking an army vehicle,” a local shopkeeper told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the beating of the youth in public made all shopkeepers leave their shops and confront the army men. The army soldiers, infuriated with the confrontation, opened fire at them, he said.
“While all of us managed to flee to safety, a meat vendor named Ghulam Mohammad Ganai was hit by a bullet,” the shopkeeper said.
Ganai was rushed to the nearby sub-district hospital. “He had a bullet wound in his left thigh which had caused multiple fractures. We have shifted him to Bone and Joints Hospital in Srinagar,” Dr Showket, Medical Superintendent (MS) of the sub-district hospital, told this reporter.
Police have taken cognisance of the incident and an FIR bearing number 101-2017 under Section 307 of the RPC has been registered against the army men.
“We know what unit it is but the army men are yet to be identified. We have lodged an FIR in the case,” a senior police official from Bijbehara told Kashmir Reader.
The army men, locals say, belong to the unit of 1-RR camped at SICOP in Bijbehara.
Army’s Srinagar based spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said he was trying to ascertain the facts.