Srinagar: Forces shot dead a civilian at Turkawangam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district Wednesday evening during an anti-militant operation in the area while as five other youth were injured after forces fired live ammunition, pellets and teargas at the protesters near the gunfight site.
The slain youth was identified as Umar Kumar from Pinjura area of the district who was declared dead at the arrival. “A bullet had pierced his chest,” a hospital official said.
Reports said that youth stormed the gunfight site where militants were trapped inside a residential house and started throwing stones at the governement forces to help militants escape.
The injured were shifted to district hospital Shopian for treatment.
One among them, identified as Inayat Ahmad Malla of Maldera, had suffered serious bullet injury. He was shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment.
The official said that two more injured – identified as Javed Ahmad of Maldera and Vikar Ahmad of Shopian – were referred to district hospital Anantnag for specialised treatment, local reports said.
Earlier, police said a joint team of army and Special Operations Group (SOG) cordoned off Turkiwangam village after inputs about the presence of some militants in the area.
The hiding militants, believed to be three in number, opened fire on the approaching forces’ personnel, triggering a gunfight.
At Turkwangam Shopian, it is learnt that one civilian namely Umar Kumar who was injured in cross firing has succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, four others who were also injured have been shifted to hospital and are being treated. They are all stated to be stable.
The area is under cordon and search is going on. Further details will follow.
In ongoing encounter at Turkwangam Shopian, one civilian namely Inayat sustained bullet injury and is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar.
The law and order situation is currently under control at the encounter site. General public is requested to stay away from encounter site and not to pay heed to rumours.