Srinagar: At least fifteen government forces personnel including 3 senior police officers were injured after suspected militants lobbed a grenade on them in Pulwama town of south Kashmir during clashes. Following the attack, forces opened fire on civilian protesters, resulting in injuries to 8 people and one of them is battling for his life.
Sources and locals said that the grenade on forces was hurled near Pulwam Degree College when clashes between forces and protesters were going on after foiling of ‘prixhoo chalo’. The grenade attack resulted in injuries to 10 police and 5 CRPF personnel.
Among injured include ASP Pulwama, Azhar Baba, DySP Pulwama, Muhammad Shafiq and SHO Pulwama, Adil. All the three officers were airlifted to 92 Base Hospital of Army and the condition of SHO is stated to be critical. The other injured forces personnel have also been hospitalized.
According to locals, soon after the grenade attacks, forces opened direct fire on civil protesters that left 8 persons injured. The injured persons were immediately rushed to hospital and one of them identified as Muhammad Ashraf Mir of Rohmoo Pulwama is stated to be critical. “He has gone into coma,” said a source.
Soon after the violent attacks, huge deployments of forces were rushed to Pulwama Town and its adjoining areas. Locals alleged that forces resorted to ‘unprovoked firing’ and thrashed them ruthlessly. The situation in the area was very tense when reports last came in.(GNS)