Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Three anti-India protesters gunned down in held Kashmir

The trend of civilians assembling near the encounter sites and engaging security forces in clashes emerged past year.

The gunbattle began after police and soldiers cordoned off the southern town of Chadoora following a tip that at least one militant was hiding in a house, said Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani.

Failing to counter the strong retaliatory action from the Indian security forces, terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir have now resorted to a different tactic.

The clashes between youth and security personnel were also reported from some uptown and downtown area of Srinagar, parts of North, Central and South Kashmir.

At least three-dozen protesters were also injured, some of them critically, during the daylong clashes, official sources and witnesses said, adding that many of them were injured by pellets.

Srinagar: terrorists have ransacked a senior police officer's house in Kulgam district in a third such incident in the last seven days in the Kashmir Valley. "The security forces should not remain dependent on bullets only but use other simple methods to quell protests".

Locals said the house from where the militant was firing on army and police positions has been damaged fully due to mortar shelling and bomb blasts.

"A rebel was killed in the encounter and a weapon was also recovered".

A civilian was hit in the neck with a bullet, he succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

A police officer, speaking on a customary condition of anonymity, said the body was taken to avoid more protests in Chadoora and it would be handed to relatives for burial later on Tuesday.

The civilians - all in their 20s, were identified as Zahid Rashid Ganaie, Aamir Waza and Ishfaq Ahmad of Rangreth.

Authorities have deployment a large number of police and CRPF personnel across the valley particularly in sensitive areas of Srinagar to prevent escalation of protests.

Some reports suggested that two militants managed to escape during massive stone-pelting.

While condemning the Chadoora civilian killings, the NC leader termed the incident as "very unfortunate" and said such happenings here have resulted in the alienation between the government and the people. "There is a need for restrain from all sides so that conducive atmosphere is created and dissent is expressed in peaceful way", she said, according to an official handout.

As per the official figures more than 90 youths have turned to militancy in the Valley after the killing of Wani.

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