A man and his two children sustained pellet injuries when they were out to buy petrol in Srinagar Friday.
Rafiq Ahmad Zargar had taken his daughter, five-year-old Bareena Rafiq, and son, eight-year-old Zafeer Ahmad, with him as they insisted they wanted to go out of the house. The three were travelling on a two-wheeler when they were hit by pellets in the city’s Nowshehra area.
Bareena, who was in front, was hit on the left eye, abdomen, right hand and right shoulder. Zafeer, who was sitting behind his father, was hit around the eyes. Rafiq sustained injuries to the arm and shoulder.
They were admitted to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital.
While Bareena underwent an operation Friday, two pellets remained stuck near her eye.
“The children insisted on going out and I also had to get petrol for my bike,” said Rafiq, a resident of Lalbazar. “I couldn’t find petrol anywhere. While we were returning, police fired pellets at us.”
Police officials said protests were going on in the area when the three were hit. “Ask them how they got injured. I don’t know where they came from,” said Zadibal SHO Shahnawaz Ahmad. “It was unfortunate.”