Pulwama youth hurt in protests against garbage dumping

Pulwama youth hurt in protests against garbage dumping
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A boy was injured during a protest against the dumping of muck at a village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday.

A police official said the inhabitants of Wahibugh, some 6kms from Pulwama town, protested against the Municipal Committee Pulwama fordumping the garbage in Pohnaad area of the village.

He said a group of protesters threw rocks over the policepersonnel escorting a garbage truck of the Municipality in the area.

The official said the police responded by firing tear smokeshells and pellets, causing injuries to a youth.

"He was shifted to district hospital Pulwama fortreatment", the official added. He identified the injured youth as AdilYousuf, a resident of Wahibugh.

Locals told Greater Kashmir that the Municipal authoritieshad been dumping the garbage in the area for past many weeks despite theirstrong objections.

"The garbage has caused a great threat to many freshwater springs dotting the area", they said.

Many locals said the garbage had already invited stray dogsto the area causing hardship to them.

Executive Officer, Municipal Committee Pulwama, MushtaqAhmad said they were temporarily dumping the garbage at the present site."We have already proposed another site in Malangpora village for thepurpose," he said.

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