Gunshots were heard in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas of Srinagar on Saturday, triggering panic in the busy market place.
“Firing of gunshots has been reported from Lal Chowk area. We are investigating the incident,” a police official said.
Most of the business establishments downed their shutters while pedestrians ran towards safer places as people had apprehensions about a militant attack in the area.
According to eyewitnesses, cops had fired few rounds in the air to stop a mentally-challenged person who created panic among people.
“This person entered a hotel and asked people to leave saying the militants had entered the building.A police team rushed to nab the person who tried to flee, forcing the cops to fire warning shots,” they said.
There was a boy who tried to enter the Taj hotel, I think he is mentally deranged. He is with us, there is nothing to panic: SP, Srinagar pic.twitter.com/r3bwHFvmr2— ANI (@ANI_news) April 1, 2017
A police official said the mentally-challenged person has been taken into custody and lodged at the local police station.