Srinagar: A woman was injured on Friday when a ‘stray bullet’ from a firing range hit her in Woolina Ichgam village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Identified as Fatima, wife of late Ghulam Rasool Rather, the woman was at her home when a bullet fell pierced the roof and hit her in the leg. She has been shifted to District Hospital Budgam for treatment and is said to be stable.
According to locals, aerial bullets came from the nearby airport side and fell on the roofs of many houses in the village, including Fatima’s.
Soon after, the locals took to streets to protest against the incident. The protesters blocked the road connecting Doodhpathri and Chadoora with Budgam and demanded strict action against those involved and closure of the nearby firing range.
Locals said that the nearby firing range has become a nuisance for them. They said stray bullets often hit rooftops, windows and water tanks in the area.
“We feel insecure here. You don’t know when a stray bullet will hit you,” said one of the protesters.
Meanwhile, police have admitted that the woman was hit by a ‘stray bullet’
In a statement, police said that on Friday, Police Station Budgam received a report that due to some aerial firing shots few tin roofs in village Woolina have suffered damage and one lady has received injury.
“On this, a police party led by SHO Budgam reached the spot and the injured was shifted to hospital for treatment.”
“On enquiry, it was found that stray bullets fired from firing range of air force had hit the roofs and the injured lady,” the statement reads.
With inputs from agencies