Srinagar, September 21 (Agnecies): Three civilians including a woman, Pinki Kaur, were killed and 28 others injured in a blast and indiscriminate firing of pellets and bullets by Indian troops in Tral area of Pulwama district, today.
The blast had occurred at a bus stand when the cavalcade of a minister, Nayeem Akhtar, was passing through the area. It could not be ascertained whether the killings occurred in the blast or in the random firing by Indian troops.
People took to the streets and staged massive anti-India demonstrations against the brutal action of the forces’ personnel. The protesters told media that the blast was the handiwork of Indian agencies. Block Medical Officer at Sub-District Hospital, Tral, issued a list of 28 civilians injured due to the pellets fired by the troops. Some of the critically injured were shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in Tral.
Indian police arrested General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, from party office in Srinagar and shifted him to some unknown destination. The authorities have also booked a youth, Reyaz Ahmad Dar of Sopore town under PSA for participating in anti-India demonstrations during 2016 mass uprising.