Encounter underway in J&K's Kulgam

11 April, 2018, 17:33 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Relatives of victims mourn at a government hospital in Nurpur in Kangra District in India’s northwest Himachal Pradesh state. – AFP

At least four men were killed in Kashmir when government forces fired on anti-India protesters who thronged a village where soldiers battled a group of militants, officials said Wednesday.

Reports said a youth, identified as Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh (28), was injured during the clashes.

In 2018, till now, around 100 people including 24 civilians, 48 militants and 27 police, army and paramilitary forces were killed. However, when the security forces were sealing the area, militants hiding there, opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons. Three among them, including two teenagers, succumbed to the injuries on being brought to the hospital. He was shifted hospital where he succumbed to his injury. "The gunfight is still underway", said news agency IANS, quoting police.

Meanwhile, the authorities have ordered the closure of all schools and colleges in Kulgam district in view of the ongoing encounter and the clashes. Even as the encounter is going on, the protests in nearby areas also intensified.

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Additional security forces were immediately rushed to the spot and cordon around the area was further tightened to prevent militant's escape. "They wanted to disrupt the operation", an officer said.

Wednesday's violence comes as the region had recovered from days of anti-India protests, a security clampdown and a shutdown sponsored by separatists following deadly fighting between Kashmiri rebels and Indian troops on April 1, killing 13 militants and three soldiers.

They were reportedly part of a local crowd that gathered near the encounter site and pelted stones at security forces.

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