SRINAGAR: A bullet fired by the Indian army hit 22-year-old Waseem Ahmad Lone on his back, pierced through his heart and caused his instant death. The incident happened on Friday in Nadihal area of Baramulla district in Indian-administered Kashmir.
However, in what situation army open fire remains unclear with varied narratives by Srinagar-based newspapers on Saturday. Some reports suggest a protest was going on in the area, some say stone-pelting clashes were on, some report no protest while some suggest Lone was working in a paddy field when the bullet hit him.
The daily Rising Kashmir reported Lone was critically injured, and later succumbed at a hospital, when army men fired no protesters in the area after one of their vehicles came under stone-pelting.
Earlier, news agency Kashmir News Service quoted Lone’s uncle as saying that no protests were ongoing in the area. “However, army came and fired on Lone, causing his death,” he said. Rising Kashmir carried this too.
The daily Kashmir Reader quoted locals saying a convoy of army opened ‘unprovoked fire’ on people holding a peaceful protest demonstration on the Baramulla-Kupwara highway.
Meanwhile, the daily Greater Kashmir quoted witnesses and reports saying the youth was busy harvesting crops in a field when forces fired at him. “An army convoy comprising of around three vehicles while passing through the area fired from their vehicle without any provocation,” the witnesses reportedly said.
The daily Kashmir Observer quoted sources saying security forces burst tear-smoke shells and opened fire in which several people were injured, who were rushed to hospital where Lone succumbed. However, its report also quoted residents talking about unprovoked firing while they were working in the fields.
The daily Kashmir Monitor quoted witnesses saying a bullet hit Lone during clashes between protesters and forces. Another witness repeated the field narrative.
It seems there is no clarity among the security officials too. News agency Indo-Asian News Service quoted police saying army opened fire when a group of youth pelted stones at them.
Kashmir News Service quoted Deputy Inspector General, North Kashmir range, Uttam Chand, saying information about the killing was awaited and the police was gathering the details of the incident.
Greater Kashmir quoted an army spokesperson saying they were ascertaining facts about how the youth was killed.