A student received critical head injury when he was hit by teargas shell during protests against Army for allegedly thrashing a school bus driver.
Protests erupted at Wanpoh area of Anantnag district along the Srinagar-Jammu highway after Army personnel allegedly assaulted a school bus driver injuring him.The incident happened at around 3 pm when the school bus belonging to Futuristic Shemford pubic school Wanpoh was about to proceed to drop students at their respective destinations.
"As the driver drove the bus from school, the army men got agitated and hurdled abuses on the driver arguing why he did not stop till their convoy passed by," witnesses said.
They said the driver later entered into a heated argument with the personnel following which he was "ruthlessly beaten up."
"The army men kicked and hit him with bamboo stick and gun butts," witness alleged. The school bus driver who was identified as Nazir Ahmad from Achabal was shifted to district hospital Anantnag for treatment.
The incident infuriated the students who protested the army "highhandedness." They were also joined by the locals.
The army men later resorted to aerial firing creating panic among the students and other protestors.
Paramilitary forces who were deployed there fired teargas canisters to quell the protesters. " One Sheezan Ahmad of Qazigund, a class 10th student was hit by a tear shell on his head and was shifted to district hospital Anantnag," locals said.
Army's Srinagar based defense spokesperson colonel Rajesh Kalia, however denied the allegations.
"No army person is involved in highhandedness," he said.
Meanwhile, protests erupted in Lower Muda area of Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu highway after paramilitary forces allegedly thrashed a truck driver. The truck driver identified as Ovais Ahmad of Lower Munda sustained injury on head and was hospitalized.