Tension in Baramulla as BSF shoots on protestors

Published on Apr 21, 2004 08:06 PM IST

At least two people were injured when BSF troops fired on a group protesting an arrest in Baramulla.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Srinagar

Tension gripped Sopore township of Baramulla district in north Kashmir on Wednesday when BSF troops opened fire to chase away a group of people protesting the arrest of a youth, injuring two of them, official sources said.

Troops deployed near bus stand, Sopore, detained Sharief-ud-Din of Keegam village of Kupwara for questioning in the morning, who started shouting upon which crowd gathered at the scene demanding his release, the sources said.

The people started raising slogans, they said. Sensing trouble, BSF personnel opened fire, hitting two protestors, including a watchman of the bus stand.

A BSF spokesman, however, said the troops opened fire after someone from the crowd fired two pistol shots at them.

He said BSF personnel had detained a surrendered terrorist of Hizbul Mujahideen for questioning but he started shouting, upon which a crowd gathered raising slogans and also pelted stones at the troops.

The BSF spokesman said someone from the crowd also fired two pistol shots forcing the troops to retaliate in self-defence resulting in injuries to two civilians.

The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital from where one of them was sent to Srinagar for specialised treatment.

The shopkeepers downed the shutters following the incident, official sources said.

They said senior police and BSF officials immediately reached the scene and were monitoring the situation, adding the situation in the area was tense but under control.

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