Baramulla: A school student received a bullet in his thigh after troops of the Border Security Force (BSF) came under stone-pelting from youths who had blocked the Baramulla-Kupwara road between Chakla and Nadihal villages in Rafiabad area on Monday.
Local sources said that a group of youths was protesting on the road since morning against the continuous civilian killings in Kashmir. The youths had blocked the road and were not allowing transporters to run their vehicles. In the meantime, a few vehicles of BSF’s 149 battalion belonging to neighbouring Kupwara district reached the spot. They were on way to Baramulla from Kupwara. When they tried to clear the road, the protesting youths hurled stones at their vehicles. This triggered some clashes.
Local sources said that the BSF troopers opened fire towards the protesting youths. A Class 11 student, Ubaid Manzoor Lone, son of Manzoor Ahmad Lone of Nadihal village, received a bullet in his right thigh. After the boy was injured, the BSF troopers ran away from the spot, local sources said.
People shifted the injured youth to district hospital Baramulla from where he was shifted to a Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment.
Soon after the incident, senior police officers of Baramulla and Sopore reached the spot and took stock of the situation. The police assured people that they would investigate the injury to the boy properly.
When the injured youth was brought to district hospital Baramulla, the people three, including attendants of other patients, held a protest outside the hospital. They shouted anti-India and pro-Azadi slogans.
The hospital authorities said that the condition of the youth was stable, but he was still shifted to Srinagar for better care.
Police sources said that the Baramulla police station registered a case (FIR number 103/2018) under Sections 307, 148, 149, and 336 RPC against the BSF’s 149 battalion.
Officials of the BSF could not be contacted for their comments.