Hit By Army Vehicle, Four Injured in North Kashmir



At least four persons on board were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with an armoured Army vehicle in North Kashmir’s Langate town of Kupwara district.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that the mishap took place near Gund Kohru Langate when a Maruti Echo vehicle (JK09-8138) on way to Langate from Handwara collided with the Army vehicle (07D1174554X) that was part of a convoy on way to Baramulla from Kupwara.

The four persons travelling in the private vehicle were wounded and one of them was referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar for advanced treatment while the others who are said to be out of danger are treated at District Hospital Handwara. A police official identified the injured travellers as Shakir Ahmed Dar, Abdul Hamid, Fayaz Ahmed all residents of Langate and a non-local Muhammad Aslam Khan from Bihar.

Eyewitnesses said that soon after the accident, the army personnel came down from their vehicles and tried to lift the injured from the road, however, they were allegedly attacked with stones by the people. Police rushed to spot and immediately shifted the injured to the hospital. Scores of people blocked the road and hurled stones on police resulting in the injuries of three cops.  Police resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters. The injured cops were identified as Dy SP Operations Baljeet Singh, Sub-Inspector Lal Din and Head Constable Muhammad Ramzan.

Reports said that the clashes between the protesters and the police continued for hours. “It was an accident just like other road accidents but the only difference was that one of the vehicles belonged to Indian Army,” a police official said adding that a formal case has been registered and investigation has been taken up.

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