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Minor boy suffers pellet injury in eye as armed forces fire at civilian protestors in Pulwama

Pulwama: A 9-year-old child suffered pellet injury in his eye as armed forces on Thursday resorted to pellet firing and teargas shelling amid a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) launched in Karimabad area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Soon after militants attacked a police party near Princhoo, leading to the killing of a police Head Constable, and critical injuries to another one, a joint team of police, army and CRPF launched a CASO in adjoining areas including Karimabad.

However, clashes ensued with scores of youth pelting stones at the forces.

The latter fired teargas canisters and pellet munitions to disperse the protesters, eyewitnesses said.

While a few protesters were injured, a pellet hit the minor in his eye and he was moved to the nearby sub district hospital.

A doctor on duty at SDH Pulwama said that the child has suffered corneal injury and was shifted to SHMS hospital in Srinagar having an advanced ophthalmology facility.

SP Pulwama Ashish Mishra has said, “an unruly mob pelted stones on security forces with an intention to disrupt lawful duties and assault on security forces personnel. They were dispersed.”

Meanwhile, after several hours, the joint forces called off the cordon and search in the area late evening.


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