Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

J&K: Civilian dead, 3 security personnel injured during encounter in Kulgam

J&K: Civilian dead, 3 security personnel injured during encounter in Kulgam

Several security forces personnel, including the station house officer of Baramulla police station, were injured in stone pelting by the protesters.

A police official said the gunfight broke out in Wani Mohalla area of Khudwani, Kulgam, 65 kms from here, at 11 pm on Tuesday after security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation.

A police spokesperson said three civilians were killed in the "cross-fire" between militants and security forces.

Initially, three personnel were injured.

While police and army officials maintain that the search operation was in progress, sources said the security forces withdrew following the clashes. The deceased have been identified as Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh (late 20s), Bilal Ahmed Tantray (16) and Faisal Ilahi (16).

Meanwhile, the gun-fight outside the house where the terrorists were holed up continued with bullets flying in every direction, they said.

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Reports claim the civilian killings were caused after the local populace hindered in the operation of security forces. One soldier was also killed.

Kulgam: At least 4 civilians were killed and around 82 people were wounded with some of them critically during clashes which erupted near the gunfight site in Khudwani area of Kulgam district. It is not right away clears how the dead people got injured. They said the militants were able to escape.

Early in the morning, the civilians from Khudwani and its adjoining villages started moving towards the encounter site and engaged the government forces, deployed in strength, in pitched battles.

Wednesday's incidents come close on the heels of days of disturbances witnessed in Kashmir Valley in the aftermath of the killing of 14 militants and five civilians as security forces stepped up counterinsurgency measures in the first week of April.

Most Kashmiris support the rebels' cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control. Our repeated cries for sanity and calm handling of the issues are also falling to the deaf ears. The Joint Resistance Leadership called a Valley wide shutdown against the killings.

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