SRINAGAR, May 14: A policeman was suspended by the authorities for aerial firing in Kashmir University campus here today after a cricket ball hit the Vice Chancellor office.
Eyewitnesses said situation turned ugly during a practice match of Kashmir Premier League (KPL) when the students went to fetch the ball and were stopped by the cops near VC’s office.
Security incharge of the KU, Dy SP Saleem Ahmad Khan claimed that the policeman was forced to fire in the air after the students abused the policemen and tried to assault Inspector Abdul Hameed. “Hameed and his PSO were injured in the assault by the players,” he said.
Police have lodged an FIR in Police Station Nageen and were carrying out investigations into the incident.
However, the players claimed that policemen abused them and resorted to firing without any provocation. The suspended cop has been identified as Mehraj-ud-Din of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP), who is on deputation at the KU campus.
Sources said that a high level committee has been formed by the VC to probe the incident. “After the incident, the authorities called Managers of the teams who were practising in the campus and urged them that the matter shouldn’t be dragged too far,” they added.