Youth who was injured critically in Shopian clashes, succumbs

10 May, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • A security person stands guard during an encounter between security forces and militants took place at Drabgam in South Kashmir

Hundreds of people were reported injured in the protests.

"Five terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen were neutralised during an encounter at Badigam village in Shopian", a police spokesman said.

He was shifted to nearby hospital where from he was referred to SMHS Srinagar hospital in critical conditions where he succumbed later, they said.

A policeman and a soldier of 44 RR were also injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants, reports said.

Security personnel and protesters clash following a gunbattle between the forces and rebels in Srinagar, on Sunday.

Kashmir University's assistant professor, Rafi Bhat who had turned militant barely 36 hours ago, who shot dead in Shopian encounter. Train services have also been suspended.

As the security forces retaliated and the gun battle intensified, five terrorists were neutralised.

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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has appealed the Centre to take steps to end the cycle of violence in the Valley. "I have reiterated it time and again that political issues need political interventions", she said. Rafi's brother Imtiyaz Ahmad told Mirror that the slain professor had called his father in the morning and said, "I am sorry if I have hurt you, and this is my last call as I am going to meet Allah".

Opposition leader Omar Abdullah tweeted, saying, "It's been a awful day in Kashmir & with the number of critically injured I fear will only get worse. We have run out of essential medicines, there are no more ambulances", he said. "I am sorry I can not see you ever as I am fighting a gun-battle and may meet Almighty God soon", Bhat's brother, Imtiyaz Ahmad Bhat, quoted him as having said minutes before he died in the gun battle.

The protesters raised pro-justice slogans and held banners which read "Down with state terrorism", "Stop genocide of Kashmiris" and "Stop innocent killings in the name of operation all-out". Both India and arch rival Pakistan have contending territorial claims on Kashmir and have fought wars over it.

"How long it will take the government to wake up from the slumber and initiate a dialogue to address this mass unrest?" he asked.

In a related development, separatists have called for a strike and a protest march to the Civil Secretariat here on Monday over the death of civilians in a clash between protestors and security forces after an encounter in Shopian district.

Call for the march and sit-in outside civil secretariat was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik after the killing of the youth.

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