Srinagar: Army on Tuesday issued the following statement about the firing incident at a Shopian village last evening resulting in the injuring of four girls.
“Following the tradition and as part of goodwill gesture towards the Awaam during the holy month of Ramzan, the local Army Camp at Imam Sahib planned an Iftaar at DK Pura village on 21 May 18. Necessary coordination was done with the village Maulvi, Masjid Committee Members, Sarpanch and other eminent persons of the village. Some of them had also later visited the Army Camp in the afternoon to finalise arrangements. At around 1930 hours as the Iftaar was under progress, some miscreants from the village barged into the masjid and started shouting anti national and pro-Pakistan slogans including on the loudspeaker. Very soon a large crowd instigated by the miscreants primarily consisting of youth and a few women gathered outside the masjid and surrounded the Army troops present there for organising the Iftaar. The crowd resorted to heavy stone pelting posing serious threat to the safety of the troops. The troops verbally cautioned the crowd, but when the stone-pelting further intensified, they took necessary preventive measures and moved out of the area.”