A woman was killed as government forces opened fire on protestors following the killing of two militants in an encounter in Shopian district, reports quoting local residents say.
Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the woman and the two slain militants. Several residential houses and cowsheds were severely damaged due to intense mortar shelling by forces.
Reports quoting local residents and sources said that clashes broke out at Batmuran hamlet of Wanpora after two militants were killed following a night-long encounter with government forces.
“As the police claimed to have killed two militants and recovered their bodies along with as many rifles from the site, the locals including women and youth clashed with police and paramilitary forces,” local news agency GNS reported.
The forces used tear smoke shells, bullets and pellets to disperse them, resulting in injuries to more than 40 persons including a woman identified as Ruby Jan (24) wife of Manzoor Ahmad Mir, who later succumbed at a hospital. 12 of the injured had sustained bullet and pellet injuries in forces’ action
However, the police said she was killed in “cross firing.”
“During cross-firing, one lady identified as Ruby, wife of Manzoor Ahmad Mir was critically injured. She later succumbed to injuries at district hospital Pulwama,” a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson claimed that during the encounter, at the request of his family, police officials made repeated announcements asking local militant Tanveer Ahmad to surrender but he ignored the offer.
The militants continued firing on the security forces which was retaliated and two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed in the encounter and were identified as Tanveer Ahmad from Bata Murran, Shopian, and Ali alias Qari, a foreigner, the spokesperson said, adding that another militant fled from the encounter site taking advantage of the darkness.
The police said that the slain militants were involved in a number of incidents including the recent attack on a vehicle of J&K Bank near Poju Shopian on December 11 in which two bank guards were killed.
(Pictures by Faisal Khan)