Bullet Hits Elderly Lady Near Airport Village in Budgam

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Budgam: Protests erupted in Ichgam village in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district after a woman was hit by a stray bullet on Friday.

Residents alleged that firing range at the nearby airfield has become a nuisance for them. They said stray bullets often hit roof tops, windows, water tanks in the area, but today one of the stray bullets hit the leg of an elderly woman.

The victim identified as Fatima wife of late Ghulam Rasool Rather was shifted to District Hospital Budgam for treatment.

The lady is said to be stable, sources said. An attendant was quoted by news agency KNT saying residents had recently approached District Development Commissioner Budgam requesting him to relocate firing range at Airport.

Angry residents took to roads and staged protests against the incident. “We feel insecure here. You don’t know when a stray bullet will hit us,” said one of the protesters.

Meanwhile, police in a statement said that the woman who was injured was hit by a stray bullet in the village.

“Today Police Station Budgam received a report that due to some aerial firing shots, few tin roofs in the village have suffered damage and one lady has received injury.

On this, a police party led by Station House Officer (SHO) Budgam reached the spot and the injured was shifted to hospital for treatment.

On enquiry, it was found that stray bullets fired from the firing range of the air force had hit the roofs and the injured lady”, the statement said.

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