Forces ‘target’ photojournalists in Shopian; six suffer pellet injuries

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Photograph by Bhat Burhan for The Kashmir Walla

Srinagar: At least six journalists have suffered pellet injuries while covering the ongoing encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

The injured journalists have been identified as Waseem Andrabi of Hindustan Times, Nisar Ul Haq of Rising Kashmir, Burhan Mir of ANN,  Junaid Gulzar of Kashmir essence, Aijaz Rashid of KNS and Kaiser Mir.

Talking to The Kashmir Walla, Waseem Andrabi of Hindustan Times said that they were targeted by government forces, “We wanted to cross the road and displayed our cameras to them as well, and two of us were wearing  vests that read ‘press’; despite that, they showered pellets on us.”

Another journalist Kaiser Mir said that three have received pellet injuries in their eyes, “I was wearing a mask and that saved my eyes. I have pellet injuries all over,” he said.

Another journalist Burhan Mir said that they were targeted, “It seemed like they were firing bullets on us. Six of us received pellets right there. Nisar (Haq) fell down there as he had pellets on his eye,” Burhan told The Kashmir Walla.

Reportedly, three militants have been killed in an ongoing encounter in Heff area of Shopian district.

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