3 Hit By Pellets In Protest Against Opening Of New Garrison

SRINAGAR : At least three young men are reported injured in police action in Kulgam on Saturday. The trio were part of a protest in Redwani against the opening of a new army camp in the area, reports reaching here said.

The army men from 1-Rashtriya Rifles have taken over the Redwani army camp and it triggered local protests. Police jumped in to prevent escalation of the tensions and used tear smoke and pellets. Three boys were hit by the pellets and were immediately shifted to the hospital. They were identified as Mudasir Ahmad son of Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Rampora, Irshad Ahmad son of Mohammad Maqbool and Shakir Rashid son of Abdul Rashid, both residents of Redwani.

Redwani is part of Kulgam’s most populous belt that comprises of Qaimoh, Khudwani and Redwani. It has been hyperactive for most of the last few years at huge costs.

Police said the camp is a temporary phenomenon that is for area security during the Panchayat elections slated to take place later this year.

SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh Mehta told media that the camp was already established there but was withdrawn in 2016 after serious law and order situation.

“The same camp is reestablished again. There is nothing new,” he said.

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