Took necessary preventive measures to move out, says Army on Shopian firing

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Army on Tuesday said that the incident that left four people, including a 14-year-old girl, injured on Monday afternoon in Damhal Khashipora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district happened after “some miscreants barged inside Masjid premises and started throwing stones on Army personnel” who were busy in organizing an Iftaar Party for locals.

In a statement issued to media, Army claimed government forces cautioned the crowd verbally not to pelt the stones at them, but after stone throwing intensified they took necessary preventive measures to move out of the area.

“At around 1930 hours as the Iftaar was under progress, some miscreants from the village barged into the Masjid and started shouting anti national and pro-Pakistan slogans including on the loudspeaker. Very soon a large crowd instigated by the miscreants primarily consisting of youth and a few women gathered outside the Masjid and surrounded the Army troops present there for organizing the Iftaar,” the statement said, adding, “The crowd resorted to heavy stone pelting posing serious threat to the safety of the troops. The troops verbally cautioned the crowd, but when the stone-pelting further intensified, they took necessary preventive measures and moved out of the area.

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