Srinagar, Kashmir: One civilian received injuries when the paramilitary forces, deployed for the security of the high-profile Zubin Mehta concert in the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, opened fire at a car, around 10 kilometers away from the concert venue.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel of 132 battalion opened the fire, injuring one on spot, police sources said. The heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces had restricted the people to reach to the parallel cultural event, Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir (Reality of Kashmir) – a protest event against the Zubin Mehta concert. The firing occurred just 2 kilometers away from the venue. “We were stopped at five times by the police. We finally reached here by walking through different lanes and by-lanes,” said a student, attending the parallel event.
The Wagan R car (JKO1R 5054), carrying two men and two women, was fired open near Budshah Bridge. The local residents came out to protest, raising anti-police, anti-India, anti-Zubin Mehta slogans. The police tried to remove the vehicle from the spot but the locals protested against it.
An eyewitness told The Kashmir Walla that the CRPF fired at the vehicle, injuring one person. “Police put a liquor bottle in the vehicle to show that they were drunk,” eyewitness, protesting near the spot, said.
The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Yasin Malik rushed to the spot and said that the CRPF men opened fire unprovokingly at the vehicle, injuring one. “This is because of the strict restrictions for VIPs visiting the ongoing Zubin Mehta concert,” he said.