At SMHS hospital, injured say ‘forces fired indiscriminately’

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At least a dozen persons who were injured in twin firing incidents at Chursu and Kakapora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts respectively were admitted at SMHs hospital with bullet and pellet injuries.
Several persons injured in fresh firing by forces in Kashmir on Friday accused police and CRPF personnel of resorting to “unprovoked firing.”
At least a dozen persons who were injured in twin firing incidents at Chursu and Kakapora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts respectively were admitted at SMHs hospital with bullet and pellet injuries.

A class 9 student, Asif Ahmad Reshi son of Fayaz Ahmad of Samboora Kakapora was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition after two bullets pierced his head.
“There was peaceful protest going on at Kakapora after Friday prayers. As people were dispersing, forces, without any provocation, fired indiscriminately,” said a group of attendants who accompanied Reshi to the hospital where he was instantly rushed to an operation theater.
“The protests were peaceful as we had already announced it and advised local youth to not to resort to any provocative activity,” they said.

One of Reshi’s attendants, Mushtaq Ahmad, said the firing, despite the protests being peaceful, continued for “some time”.
He said two bullets had pierced Reshi’s head. “Doctors are tightlipped over his condition but are also asking us to pray for his recovery,” he added.
Two persons injured by pellets from north Kashmir’s Sopore town were also brought to the SMHS hospital. They were identified as Aqib Ajaz Rather and Tanvir Ahmad. Locals said forces fired pellets at peaceful protestors.
Two injured from Awantipora were also brought to the SMHS hospital who also said the forces action on protestors was “unwarranted.”

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