Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Encounter underway in J&K's Kulgam

Encounter underway in J&K's Kulgam

A soldier was martyred and three civilians killed as terrorists clashed with security forces on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, triggering violent street protests.

The security forces fired back in a bid to capture the militants, said to be linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Three Army men were injured in the initial engagement with the militants. Rao, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries. Two other houses in the vicinity caught fire.

Repeated requests were made to the onlookers to leave the area as they were within the firing range. The deceased have been identified as Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh (late 20s), Bilal Ahmed Tantray (16) and Faisal Ilahi (16). The identity of the fourth was being ascertained.

Following the encounter, the Internet services are suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of South Kashmir.

Earlier on Sunday, the security forces busted an old militant hideout in Rajouri's Gadyog area of Khawas in Jammu and Kashmir during a search operation. Two more Army personnel were injured and shifted to hospital for treatment, they said. While majority were sent home, around seven were still in hospital and their condition was stable, they said.

Student protests rocked Kashmir University in Srinagar, the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora in south Kashmir and Degree College in Bandipora in north Kashmir.

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"However, the militants had changed the positions during the night and they managed to flee from the area taking advantage of clashes between stone-pelting youth and security forces".

Talking to Kashmir News Bureau, PDP senior leader and MLA Wachi, Ajaiz Ahmad Mir while condemning the killings said these repeated gory incidents needed to stopped by initiating a meaningful dialogue among the stakeholders.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief at the loss of lives at Khudwani, Kulgam today.

"Seeing dead bodies of our youngsters has now become a tragic routine".

"Our repeated cries for sanity and calm handling of the issues are also falling on deaf ears".

"Joint Resistance Leadership", the alliance of key separatist leaders, has called for a Valley-wide shutdown on Thursday to mourn and protest civilian deaths in Kulgam.

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