Anantnag: A youth was shot in his face after army soldiers opened fire here in Hawoora Mishpora village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The injured youth was identified as Arif Lone, son of Abdul Rasheed Lone, a resident of Howur Mishpora village.
According to Health officials at District Hospital Anantnag, where he was first shifted, Arif has been sent to Srinagar for specialized treatment.
“He had a bullet wound on the left side of his face,” a Health official said.
According to local sources, a group of youth hooted and pelted stones at an army patrol early Monday morning in Howur-Mishpora village.
“In response, the army men opened fire, leaving the youth injured,” the sources told Kashmir Reader.
They said that the injured boy was taken to SDH Qaimoh from where he was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag and then to Srinagar for treatment.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, south Kashmir range, S P Pani, said that an army patrol was attacked with stones as they were in the process of removing a road block laid by some “miscreants”.
“They fired in the air to disperse the stone pelting youth. A youth has been shot at in the process. He is stable, however,” Pani said.
Pani told Kashmir Reader that a case has been already registered into the incident and investigation taken up.
He, however, refuted reports that an FIR was registered against the army.
“The FIR is registered for the incident and not against the army,” Pani clarified.
Recently, the army killed three people when it opened fire on protesters on January 27 in Ganawpora village of Shopian district.
An FIR against the army was registered in Shopian and investigation into the case is going on.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had assured that the FIR will be taken to its logical conclusion, facing ire from her coalition partners, the Bharatiya Janata Party.