Srinagar: An FIR was registered against the Indian Army’s 10 Garhwal Unit after a 22-year-old youth was injured when the army opened fire at a group pelting stones at a patrol party in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday.
According to army officials, the soldiers had fired in “self-defence”. The youth identified as Arif Ahmad Lone was injured after protesters in Hawoora village pelted stones at an army patrol party. Doctors said the youth is stable.
Villagers alleged that security forces had beaten up residents and ransacked property in Hawoora, after which the youths held the protest. Five civilians were killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian district last month in violence-related incidents.
On 27 January, three youth were killed in Ganowpora village of Shopian when the army fired at stone pelting protesters. The police had registered an FIR against 10 Garhwal unit of the army in this firing incident.