Anantnag: At least three persons, one of them a minor boy, sustained bullet wounds after army soldiers opened fire on stone-pelting youth here in Karimabad area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.
The injured have been identified as 13-year-old Faizan Farooq, 45-year-old Tanveer Ahmad Pandit and 35-year-old Sajad Ahmad Sheikh, all residents of Karimabad village.
“All of them had bullet wounds. They have been shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment, in a very stable condition,” Medical Superintendent (MS) of Pulwama District Hospital, Dr Abdul Rasheed Parra, told Kashmir Reader.
The incident, as per local sources, took place at about 7:00 PM Saturday evening.
Local sources said that as the army patrol was passing through the village, several youths assembled and started pelting the army personnel with stones.
SSP Pulwama Chaudhary Muhammad Aslam confirmed the incident and said that an Area Domination Party of the army was attacked with stones, to which the army personnel retaliated by opening fire, in which three persons were injured.
“The army men have maintained that the youth tried to obstruct the movement of their vehicle while they pelted stones. All of the injured are stable, though,” Aslam told Kashmir Reader.
The injured were rushed to Pulwama District Hospital, from where they were shifted to Srinagar.
A medico told Kashmir Reader that the minor boy, Faizan, had a bullet wound in his hip, while Tanveer and Sajad had been hit by bullets in their legs.
As the injured were being rushed to Srinagar, hundreds assembled at Pulwama District Hospital and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
The army said they were ascertaining the details.
“We are trying to ascertain the facts,” Rajesh Kalia, the army’s Srinagar-based PRO, told Kashmir Reader.