BUDGAM: A 27-year-old man was shot at in his head and leg in what local sources said was army firing but the army said was gunfire opened by militants in Chattergam village in Budgam district on Friday late evening.
Sources said that Ishfaq Ahmad Ganie, son of Nazir Ahmad Ganie, resident of Magraypora Chattergam, was fired upon by army soldiers of 50RR after a grenade was lobbed at their camp by unknown persons.
In the grenade attack, a few army persons were reportedly injured, sources wishing not to be identified added.
They said that Ganie is a carpenter by profession and he was returning home from work on motorcycle. “As soon as he reached outside the army camp, the army soldiers shot at him,” the sources said.
Ishfaq, according to Block Medical Officer Chattergam, Dr Kousar, was hit with several bullets in his head and leg.
“We received an injured man who had several bullet injuries in head and leg. After treatment, he was shifted to SMHS Srinagar for advanced treatment,” Dr Kousar said.
Locals added that Ishfaq is married and has two children.
Additional Director General of Police, Central Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan said that the facts of the incident were being ascertained.
“What actually happened is not known yet. However, the injured guy has been shifted to hospital and is under treatment,” Khan said.
He further said that a team of police has visited the spot to know the facts.
The army spokesman refuted reports that the man was shot at by army soldiers. The spokesman said that militants shot at the man and described the incident as “terrorist committed atrocity”.
The army spokesman denied that the man was shot outside the army camp. “The man was shot at by militants almost half a kilometer away from Army Camp at Chhatargam,” the spokesman said.
“When the Army troops heard sound of firing, the quick reaction team (QRT) immediately rushed towards the direction of fire to find out what was happening,” the spokesman said, adding that when the army team reached the spot, they saw the man lying in a pool of blood.
“He had bullet injuries, one in head and the other in leg. He was immediately taken to Chhatargam hospital from where doctors shifted him to SMHS,” the army spokesman said. “The reports of (an) individual lobbing grenade on army camp and army retaliation are completely baseless,” he added.
A case has been registered and police have started investigation in this regard, SSP Budgam Tijinder Singh told Kashmir Reader.