It was lack of communication and confusion in the crisis management that the death toll in the Gool BSF firing went up. Locals as well as officials told Kashmir Life that only four civilians are dead and 42 are injured.
The confusion was running so deep that the IG BSF who spoke to a crowded news conference in Jammu late in the afternoon also said six civilians were killed.
“There was confusion on two persons,” a respectable citizen from the mountain town told Kashmir Life. “One was Shahbaz Mirza and another was Mohammad Amin, a resident from Banihal. They were injured and were presumed dead but fortunately they were alive. We confirmed it from their families and they are alive.”
Police’s inability to sent a few lines to the public domain was the principal contributor to the crisis. Even senior officials in Kashmir range had suggested the high-ups that the Jammu range should issue a brief statement offering numbers and not the investigation report.
Most of the injured are admitted to various hospitals across the state. While the pellet injured are being treated in Srinagar, those with gunshots are admitted to various hospitals in Jammu.