Gunshots heard in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area; shopkeepers close market

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New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2017 11:13:37 PM

Most of the shopkeepers downed their shutters while pedestrians ran towards safer places as people had apprehensions about a militant attack in the area.

Most of the shopkeepers downed their shutters while pedestrians ran towards safer places as people had apprehensions about a militant attack in the area.

Several gunshots were today heard in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area, triggering panic in the busy marketplace. “Firing of gunshots has been reported from Lal Chowk area. We are investigating the incident,” a police official was quoted as saying by PTI. Following the news, most of the shopkeepers downed their shutters while pedestrians ran towards safer places as people had apprehensions about a militant attack in the area. “There was a boy who tried to enter the Taj hotel, I think he is mentally deranged. He is with us, there is nothing to panic,” Srinagar SP was quoted as saying.

According to eyewitnesses, cops had fired few rounds in the air to stop a mentally-challenged person who created panic
among people. “This person entered a hotel and asked people to leave saying the militants had entered the building.A police team
rushed to nab the person who tried to flee, forcing the cops to fire warning shots,” they said. A police official said the mentally-challenged person has been taken into custody and lodged at the local police station.

The troops retaliated, forcing the militants to flee from the spot, the official said.  He said the area has been cordoned off and combing operations started to track down the militants. Efforts were on to restore order in the area.

Hours after the incident, an army convoy was attacked, leaving two soldiers injured. The terrorists opened fire on an army convoy in Bemina on outskirts of Srinagar. The gunmen attacked an army convoy near a hospital when it was passing the Parimpora Panthachowk Bypass road.  The troops retaliated the fire but attackers managed to escape. Following the incident, security forces cordoned off and search operation has been immediately launched by security forces.

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