Anantnag: Army soldiers allegedly opened fire in response to a gunshot-like sound, apparently caused by a fire cracker, here in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district on Tuesday. One civilian, identified as Javaid Ahmad Waza, a 51-year-old vegetable vendor, was struck by a bullet in his shoulder. He is being treated at a Srinagar hospital, locals said.
Local sources said that an army vehicle was patrolling the area when a gunshot-like sound was caused by a fire cracker, following which the army opened fire.
“Javaid Waza was injured in army firing,” the locals alleged.
Police gave out a different version, saying the firing was done by “unidentified gunmen”. “There has been firing and preliminary reports suggest it was done by unidentified gunmen. Rest is a matter of investigation, which is being carried out,” Anantnag SSP Altaf Khan said.
Police said they have registered an FIR into the incident.
Srinagar-based army spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said facts were being ascertained about the incident.