Militant killed, two protestors die in Budgam

March 29 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) S. P. Vaid met Union Minister of State Dr. Jitendra Singh here today and held a detailed discussion with him about the prevailing situation in Kashmir, in the aftermath of yesterday's violence in Budgam which resulted in the death of three civilians and injuries to other locals, as well as security personnel. One PARA trooper was also injured in firefight.

Security forces launched a search operation and cordoned off the area after information regarding the presence of terrorists was received. As the searches were on, militants hiding in a house fired upon forces, ensuing an encounter. The trend of civilians assembling near encounter sites and engaging security forces in clashes emerged past year. He succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital. The killing fuelled protests in and around Chadoora. "However the shops are closed", a police official said. Police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

Three persons, Zahid Rashid, Aamir Fayaz and Ishfaq Ahmad were killed by forces for being part of hundreds of protesters who tried to help a militant escape while he was fighting forces. "An Army soldier also suffered injuries", Indian Army's spokesman, Rajesh Kalra said.

The CRPF said the encounter was a particularly different one, as they had to fight both militants and the stone pelting locals. Witnesses said that clashes erupted near Police Station Yaripora. "Despite tall claims of the government about bringing the local militants back, the civilian killings are still ongoing in the Valley", he added.

On Sunday two militants were killed when police ambushed their vehicle in the southern Kashmir valley. The militant has been identified as Touseef Ahmad Wagay of Kulgam district in south Kashmir.

According to SMHS medical Superintendent, two more youth undergoing operation are stable. Violence quickly spread to multiple areas.

Meanwhile, the civilian killings have intensified protests in the area and outskirts with people pouring in large numbers to participate in the demonstrations. Witnesses said as the funeral was started, police arrived on the spot and resorted to teargas shelling on mourners and took body in their passion. A soldier was also injured in the exchange of fire that lasted for almost 10 hours. The martyrs were among the protesters who had gathered at Chadoora to rescue some youth, who had been besieged by Indian troops. Dr Sanjay Kapoor, a senior paramilitary officer said in Srinagar that 43 of their jawans and 20 policemen were injured in clashes.

  • Leroy Wright