Srinagar, Aug 2: A 45-year-old man, Chowkidar by profession, was injured when army opened fire at Krosun Village in Lolab area of north Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.
Report quoting eyewitnesses told GNS that soon after the Magrb prayers (fourth of five obligatory daily prayers offered just after sunset), scores of people staged protests and attacked a local army camp with stones in Krosun Village, adjacent to Shatmuqam, the native village of Hizb militant, Bilal Ahmad Shah who was killed along with his associate, Zahoor Ahmad Mir of Kalaroos at Khumriyal area in the district in a brief encounter with government forces earlier in the day.
Local residents told GNS that the protests ensued after a youth Tawqeer Ahmad Sofi was arrested among the group of youth waiting to participate in funeral of the militants. The people marched towards the army camp, demanding his release. While the youth was released, some youth pelted stones at army following which the later opened fire. One of the bullets, police sources said, hit the Chowkidar Mohammad Jamaal Tantray (45) while he was coming from the local Masjid.
The injured was shifted to nearly local hospital from where he was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment.
PRO defence Col Rajesh Kalia when contacted by GNS said that “details are being verified” with regard to the incident. (GNS)