Kashmir: Stone-pelters clash with soldiers as Iftar outreach goes awry, 4 injured
An outreach programme planned by the Army on the occasion of Iftar went awry at a village in Shopian district on Monday evening, when a group of youngsters allegedly began pelting stones at security personnel.
Two sisters were among the four people who sustained gunfire injuries in the clash that followed.
According to those familiar with the incident, members of the 34 Rashtriya Rifles had organised an Iftar party at DK Pora village that evening. However, villagers objected to them setting up stalls outside a local mosque and a few even tried to vandalise the temporary installations. Army personnel allegedly opened fire in retaliation, injuring some of the protesters.
Defence spokesperson colonel Rajesh Kalia said details of the incident were still being ascertained.
A spokesperson said the sole idea behind the Army personnel’s visit to DK Pora was to celebrate Iftar along with local residents. However, some of them began raising anti-government slogans and pelting the soldiers with stones. “While withdrawing, the Army resorted to aerial firing,” the spokesperson said, adding that nobody was critically injured.
While one of the injured has been discharged from hospital, two others were sent to Srinagar for further medical treatment.