Army used aerial firing to disperse the civilians after its recovery van hit a passenger vehicle killing five persons and injuring two including a woman Wednesday morning. Just after the accident people came out to protest against the army resulting in violent clashes in the area.
Locals told Kashmir Life that an army recovery van was fast moving towards north and breaking all the traffic rules it hit a passenger vehicle travelling from North Kashmir to Srinagar. “The passenger vehicle was badly damaged and three people were dead on spot,” locals said adding two more succumbed to their injuries after few minutes taking the toll to five. However, official sources did not confirm the five deaths. They said only three people have died in the accident.
When contacted, Police spokesman also confirmed the death of only three persons due to the accident.
In the meantime, locals alleged that army men seeing people gathering for rescue used aerial firing to disperse them resulting in the tension. However police spokesman refuted the allegations saying “there was no firing from army.”
An injured has been shifted to JVC Bemina, sources said adding another injured lady is also being treated at Noora Hospital.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road has been closed and people are protesting against the army near Umar Abad and adjoining.
However Police spokesman said that there was no law and order problem and normal life was going on in the area.