Srinagar, October 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured when Indian troops used brute force on peaceful protesters in Hajin area of Bandipora district, today.

People took to the streets after Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in Parray Mohalla and Kochak Mohalla areas of Hajin. The troops fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring several of them.

One of the injured was hit by pellets in his left eye. He was rushed to Community Health Centre, Hajin, where from he was referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment. Stiff resistance from the local residents forced the troops to call off the operation.

Meanwhile, ambulance drivers’ union and staff members of Hajin Community Health Centre (CHC) held a demonstration against beating of an ambulance driver by Indian troops. The whole staff including doctors came out of the hospital and held a sit-in in the hospital premises.

The driver of the ambulance bearing registration no JK15-9010 talking to media said that the youth injured in the pellet firing by the troops was referred to Srinagar. He said that he hurriedly took him to Srinagar via Vijpara road as locals stopped him and asked to change the route so that the injured could not be arrested by police.

He said that as he was coming back from Srinagar, the troops stopped him at an army camp and asked to come down. “They took me to army camp and alleged me of taking militant to the hospital. I told them that the injured was a local of Syed Mohalla,” the driver said. He added that the troops beat him before letting him go.

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