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Pulwama firing: Magistrate sends notices' to security forces

india Updated: Dec 29, 2012 18:08 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked the additional district magistrate of south Kashmir's Pulwama district to submit a report within 15 days on the Friday firing incidents, which left at least seven civilians injured.

"All security agencies have been sent notices by the magistrate to record their statements. The government will also appeal to people, victim and eye witnesses to record their statements so that a fair inquiry report is prepared," deputy commissioner Pulwama Shafat Noor told the Hindustan Times.

At least seven civilians were injured in two separate firing incidents on Friday, immediately after an encounter between the militants and the security forces ended in Pulwama's Bubgam village's Asthan Mohalla.

Injured civilians alleged that security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on villagers near the encounter site and later a few kilo metres away near Pulwama town fired at a vehicle carrying injured civilians to Srinagar hospitals.

One injured is in critical condition in a Srinagar hospital after sustaining injuries in his head. Most injured, being treated in Srinagar hospitals, were hit by bullets.

However, the police accused the civilians of hurling stones at an army ambulance, which led to retaliatory fire. The army denies it had any presence in Pulwama town where the civilian vehicle came under fire.

Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day on Saturday the Pulwama town wore a ghost look because of curfew-like restrictions.

The village where encounter took place also faced severe security restrictions on movement of people and vehicles.

Several parts of Pulwama remained closed in spontaneous response to civilian casualties. "We have placed restriction in Pulwama town. But we are easing it now," said the Pulwama deputy commissioner.

The incident has attracted sharp reactions from mainstream and separatist political parties in Srinagar.