Jammu and Kashmir

Army gives Iftar party at Shopian, locals reject their biryani; 4 girls injured as bullets fired

The Iftar party had been organised by the Army at a village in Shopian in south Kashmir as a part of positive measures after recent ceasefire during holy month Ramzan

The Post Hush: Four girls were injured in a gunfire that broke out following a chaos at an Iftar party organised by the Army in a village of south Kashmir’s Shopian on Monday. The girls who got injured in this firing are in the age group of 15 to 17 years. They have sustained bullet injuries and they have been admitted to a hospital where their condition is stated to be stable, a report said.

The Iftar party had been organised by the Army at DK Pora village in Shopian district of south Kashmir. The party was as a part of positive measures after recent ceasefire during holy month Ramzan to restore peace in the valley, the report said.

But the local residents refused to accept the biryani offered by the army. This caused a chaos and clashes. The local police said that miscreants started throwing stones at the Army personnel and the soldiers opened fire in retaliation, injuring four people.

“It’s unfortunate. It was a good gesture by the army, but it was not properly planned. I think the Iftar party could have been held inside the camp itself,” J&K’s Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid was quoted as saying.

In several parts of Kashmir, relations between the security forces and the local residents are at an all-time low for the last some years. The security forces have often complained of people trying to foil counter-terror operations. There have been numerous incidents when mobs surrounded security forces –even when an encounter was going on.

During his visit to J&K last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reached out to the people of Kashmir by saying that the Kashmir issue can be solved only by embracing Kashmiris.

“The Kashmir problem cannot be resolved through bullets or abuses. It can be resolved only by embracing every Kashmiri,” PM Modi had said.

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