SHOPIAN: Two girls were hit by bullets fired by army soldiers at Dred-Kalipora (DK-pora) village in Shopian district after a scuffle took place when army soldiers came to the village to give an “Iftar party” to the villagers.
Villagers said that an army team from the Imam Sahib camp came to the village on Monday evening. They said that the soldiers brought food items but the villagers refused them. The arguments turned into a scuffle and the soldiers opened fire on the villagers.
“They came here just for clicking photos of their Iftar party but we resisted and told them politely to leave the village as we were in no need of any Iftar party from army. But they didn’t listen to us. Later, some youths held a protest at which the army opened indiscriminate fire in which several persons sustained bullet injuries,” a villager told Kashmir Reader.
An elderly villager also said that “the only motive of the soldiers was to click photographs”.
“Instead of having Iftar, we are taking our children to hospital,” he said.
Villagers said that they told the soldiers to not disrupt peace in the holy month of Ramazan and begged them to leave the village. “I pleaded with them with folded hands to let us break our fast peacefully, but they didn’t listen and instead fired bullets, injuring girls of the village,” a villager said.
The medical officer in charge of Publi Health Centre (PHC) DK-pora, Dr Javid, told Kashmir Reader that one minor girl with bullet injury was brought to the centre and she was referred to SMHS Srinagar after first-aid treatment. Doctors at the PHC identified the injured girl as Aqsa Jan, 14.
Doctors at District Hospital Kulgam told Kashmir Reader that another girl with bullet injury on her arm was referred to SMHS after initial treatment.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, Shailendra Kumar Mishra, didn’t respond to repeated calls from this reporter.
Srinagar-based spokesman of Indian Army, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, told Kashmir Reader that he is “ascertaining the details”.
Meanwhile, police in its statement said that around the iftaar time, an army patrol of 34 RR had gone to the Jamia masjid of DK Pora village, for participating in iftaar with the locals of the area.
It is learnt that during the Iftaar, some miscreants pelted on the army. While withdrawing the army party made some Ariel firing. In the process it is learnt tha four injuries were reported to different hospitals.All the injured are stated to be stable. Out four injuries one has been discharged from the hospital.
The police has taken cognizance of the episode, and started legal proceedings.