Army opens fire in Kulgam, youth injured; police file FIR ‘about incident’

Army opens fire in Kulgam, youth injured; police file FIR ‘about incident’

An FIR has been registered after the Indian Army’s 10 Garhwal Unit opened fire in Kulgam district injuring  a 22-year-old youth on Monday.

The youth identified as Arif Ahmad Lone was injured after Army fired on people protesting thrashing of residents and ransacking of property by forces in Hawoora village. The Army claimed it fired in response to stone pelting on patrol party.

News agency IANS quoted villagers as saying that forces had beaten up residents and ransacked property in Hawoora, after which the youths held the protest. Initial reports claimed that the police had filed an FIR against the Army. However, Kashmir Police Chief Munir Ahmad Khan told Outlook online that the police have filed the FIR about the incident.

Five civilians were killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian district last month  due to forces firing and a shell explosion at the site of an encounter.

On January 27, three youth were killed in Ganowpora village of Shopian when the army fired at locals protesting the removal of banners put up in favour of slain militants.

The army had said the soldiers fired in self-defence after an administrative convoy was attacked by stone pelters in the village.

Earlier, on January 24, a civilian was killed during a gunfight between security forces and militants in Shaigam village of Shopian. The locals had claimed it was a targetted killing by the forces.

A 10-year old boy was killed when people were clearing the debris after a gunfight between the security forces and the militants in Shaigam village of Shopian on January 25.

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