Srinagar: At least two civilians—a mother and her son—were injured after Jammu and Kashmir Police fired metal pellets and tear-gas shells in Shamswari Khankah-e-Mo’alla on Friday.
On Sunday, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Dr. Haseeb Mughal, claimed that the police had gone in the neighborhood to ensure restrictions in the on-going COVID-19 lockdown. The police party, Mughal said, had gone on the request of the local residents, however, a few boys threw stones at the police party. The police, in return, fired metal pellets and tear-gas shelling “in self-defense”.
“As police party comprising of four to five personnel reached the spot to ensure lockdown in the area, some miscreants of the area start shouting anti-police slogans, hooting, and hurling stones,” said the SSP. “Due to fear of weapon snatching bid, police party fired some shells and pellets in self-defense to disperse the mob during which some injuries were reported.”
Locals alleged that the mother and son duo were injured after the police fired pellets and tear smoke shells inside a residential house. (Inputs from KNS)