Jammu & Kashmir

Budgam killing: Teargas shells used for safety of protesters, says police

Kashmiri Pandit protest amid tear gas shelling in Budgam district. [FPK Photo]

Srinagar: Police on Friday said that it was constrained to “hurl” a few teargas shells to disperse protesting Kashmiri Pandits for their “security”.

“Today at about 1100 hours protesters who were protesting against the yesterday’s killing of an employee (Rahul Bhat) at Chadoora had blocked main Sheikhpora Budgam road since yesterday afternoon suddenly started moving towards Airport road,” a police spokesman said in a statement.

“Although the magistrate repeatedly requested and tried to pacify the protesters not to proceed towards the very busy and over crowded Airport road, however, protesters while ignoring such persuasions and repeated requests from the administration, kept on moving towards the said road while forcibly breaking all the physical barriers en-route and pushing the police and Security Forces who were peacefully trying to persuade/stop them from moving ahead.”

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