People levelled baseless allegations, opened fire in self defence, exercised utmost restraint: Army
Srinagar, Oct 19: Five civilians were injured after army opened some warning shots at a time when a mob pelted stones on soldiers at Walerhama. The mob according to reports were chasing an alleged braid chopper in Pahalgam area of Anantnag district.
Reports said that locals of Sofipora in Sallar village of Walerhama in Pahalgam were chasing an alleged braid chopper and gathered around an army party. The reports said that the locals pelted stones on the army vehicle and the soldiers opened some warning shots on them in which five protesters sustained injuries.
The injured were shifted to nearby hospital and are undergoing treatment. Officials meanwhile said that all the injured are stable and are being given all kind of medical treatment for quick recovery. “The allegations levelled by the locals that the braid-chopper hidden inside the camp proven baseless”.
In a statement issued here, army said. “A mob which had gathered near Walarom (Pahalgam) blocked the road when an Army patrolling party was passing through the area. The party commander requested the mob to give way. However, some instigators baselessly alleged that a Braid-chopper had mounted the Army vehicle and started closing in on the Army column. The party commander at this point warned the crowd and fired a few rounds in air to disperse the crowd.
In the meantime, Company Commander’s Party also arrived at the venue and made repeated appeals to the mob to keep away and let the army patrol to proceed. The mob started heavy stone-pelting on Army vehicle and personnel and started moving dangerously close to the troops.
After Company Commander gave a final warning, the troops first fired in air, but when the crowd didn’t relent and continued to throw stones causing injury to troops, he was left with no option but to open fire at them in self defence exercising utmost restraint to minimise casualty.”
Police meanwhile said that today at about 1130 hours, some persons stopped a passenger bus near Sheeri in Baramulla district and forcibly de-boarded three army men and manhandled them. “The Army men posted in Kitchama,Sheeri were on way to Baramulla to get search lights repaired. FIR has been registered in the matter and investigation taken up,” a police official said. (GNS)