Srinagar, May 22: An Iftar party, hosted by the Army, ended with a clash between security forces and protesters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday. Four girls — all between 15 and 17 years old, sustained bullet injuries during the clash, according to the police.

The Iftar party was organised by the Army at DK Pora village in Shopian district. The locals, however, boycotted the event and some miscreants resorted to stone pelting. This led to retaliatory firing by the Army in which four girls were injured.

“It’s unfortunate. It was a good gesture by the Army, but it was not properly planned. I think the Iftar party could have been held inside the camp itself,” Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, SP Vaid was quoted as saying.

The Centre last week announced a ceasefire in the troubled state, asking security forces to halt their operations during the Ramadan to help “peace-loving Muslims” observe the holy month in a peaceful environment. The government, however, said it would hit back if militants resorted to violence.

SP Vaid on Tuesday also said the ceasefire announced during the holy month of Ramzan has been successful and has helped improve the overall law and order situation in the state. Vaid tweeted: “The Ramzan ceasefire has been successful thus far. The initiative of Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has helped in general improvement in law and order.

“The situation especially in south Kashmir has eased and is serving as a confidence-building measure for families who want their boys to return back home,” the police chief added. The statement comes at a time when some voices in the state and outside are saying the Ramzan ceasefire would help militants re-group and reframe their strategies.