Four civilians were killed and at least 10 others injured on Thursday when Border Security Force opened fire on a group of protesters in Gool area of Ramban district in Jammu.
Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, who was rushing to the spot along with DGP Ashok Prasad, confirmed the death of four persons. He said a large number of people have been injured and rushed to different hospitals.
Unofficial reports, however, put the death toll at six. Officials in Jammu said that BSF opened fire when thousands of residents, led by Imam of a mosque, attacked their camp.
Mr. Kichloo told The Hindu that BSF opened fire when the residents of a village were protesting against the entry of some BSF personnel into a mosque with shoes. The imam and others also alleged desecration of the Quran at the hands of the personnel.
Senior police officials from Jammu are also rushing to the spot in a hilly terrain in the middle of the Pir Panjal mountain range.