A CRPF officer was suspended on Thursday after he fired pellets at an ambulance driver who was driving a patient to hospital. Ghulam Mohammad Sofi sustained 200 to 300 pellet injuries, according to the doctors who attended to him. Despite his injuries, he continued to drive till he made it to the hospital, according to The Indian Express.Doctors at the Bone and Joint Hospital said, "Right now, he is in very bad shape." CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav confirmed the incident and the action against the erring officer. Yadav said the force has also ordered departmental action against the CRPF personnel. "Twice, the ambulance was asked to stop but did not. The pellet gun was used. The action was quite unwarranted," Yadav said.
On the same day, the Mehbooba Mufti government registered a case of murder against the "Army and others" for allegedly beating a 30-year-old lecturer to death in a south Kashmir village. The incident reportedly took place during an army crackdown in Shaar-Shali locality in Khrew area of Pulwama on Wednesday night. While several people were seriously injured in the raid, Shabir Ahmad Mangoo died on the spot. At least 17 people are in hospital for injuries sustained during the night raid.
Block Medical Officer Dr Saba said, "He [Shabir] was brought here by police at 5.30 in the morning. He was brought dead. He had external injuries on the face and chest." Lieutenant General SK Dua, general officer commanding of the Chinar Corps, said, "The incident is regrettable. The army will investigate the matter," according to Hindustan Times. Pulwama Deputy Commissioner Muneer-ul-Islam said the police have registered a First Information Report in the case and will conduct an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death.