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Two youth injured over garbage dumping site dispute in Pulwama

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Pulwama, July 17: Two youth were injured during a scuffle between locals and police in south Kashmir's Pulwama village over a dispute on garbage dumping site.

Witnesses informed Kashmir Images that clashes erupted in Wahibugh village of Pulwama district after local residents stopped Municipal Committee (MC) authorities from dumping garbage in their orchards.

A local resident of Wahibugh village told Kashmir Images that from past couple of weeks, MC Pulwama is dumping garbage in Pohnad area. "The Pohnad area covers half of the land of the Wahibugh village which is under horticulture farming and garbage collection in such area is disastrous for the crop and health conditions of the farmers," he said.

"As soon as a tipper loaded with garbage, being escorted by a police vehicle, reached near the dumping site, scores of people assembled there and didn’t allow the driver to dump the garbage," he added.

Local residents said that the police vehicle came under stones and in retaliation; police fired tear gas canisters and pellets. “One of the youth was injured in police action and another youth was hit by a stone on his head. Both were immediately rushed to district hospital Pulwama,” the residents added.

A hospital official confirmed that a youth with multiple pellet injuries on his back side of body identified as Adil Yousuf was received and another youth with injury on head was also received. “They are undergoing treatment,” the official said.

When contacted Executive Officer Municipal Committee Pulwama, Mushtaq Ahmad, said: “It was a temporary dumping site and we are looking for state land to dump garbage.”

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