Two militants’ two civilians die in South Kashmir

Two militants’ two civilians die in South Kashmir

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Pulwama, March 9: Two militants and two civilians were killed on Thursday during a gunfight between militants and government forces in Padgampora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Scores of protesters suffered bullet and pellet injuries during pre-and post encounter clashes.
The Government Forces had cordoned off Padgampora area during the dead of the night and had zeroed in on a house where two local militants were present. During the exchange of fire a 26 years old militant from Koil area of Pulwama district whom police identified as Jahangir Ahmed Ganaie son of Abdul Rehman was killed while all efforts were made to persuade another militant Muhammad Shafi Shergujri son of Abdul Gani of Bandarpora Kakapora to surrender.
“Government Forces brought the family members of Muhammad Shafi, including his parents, wife and two little children near the encounter site. They used public address system and tried to persuade the holed up militant for surrender, however the militant didn’t accept the offer and continued to fire upon the government forces,” an official told news agency.
According to reports after a couple of hours when government forces blasted the house, the holed up militant came in open where he was shot dead. Pertinently, the brother of the slain militant Adil Ahmed Gojri lost his life during a fierce encounter in Kakapora area last year.
An Army official while confirming the death of the two militants in operation said that two weapons were recovered from the encounter site. Witnesses said that a large number of people from Kakapora, Goripora, Lelhar, Begumbagh, Padgampora and Malangpora rushed towards encounter site and tried to disrupt the operation. However, government forces resorted to massive aerial firing and tear-gas shelling that left dozens of youth injured.
A Class 9th student Amir Nazir Wani of Begumbagh Kakpora received a bullet in his neck. Amir, a student of Gousian Institute Kakapora according to his family had left home early morning for school, but rushed towards encounter site. He was shifted to PHC Kakapora, where doctors declared him dead. Another civilian was brought dead in Pulwama hospital. Identified as Jalal-ud-Din, a resident of Tahab, Pulwama, sources in the hospital said that the youth in his twenties was brought dead.
“There is no external injury on his body and he has perhaps died due to blunt trauma in chest,” police officials confirmed.
Scores of youth hit to roads in Tahab and clashed with government forces after the news about the death of youth spread in the area. Government Forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes continued for hours.
Reports said that thousands of people hit to roads after the killings while parts of South Kashmir including Pulwama, and Anantnag observed shutdown. Reports said that authorities suspended train services from Banihal to Srinagar in wake of large scale protests.
Reports said that scores of civilians were injured after government forces opened fire to disperse protesters during clashes in Padgampora area. According to local reports and health sources, nine protesters were hit by bullets while twenty others were mostly hit by pellets. Those with bullet injuries have been shifted to Srinagar hospitals for treatment, they said.
Meanwhile, a police handout said that acting on a specific information regarding the presence of militants in Padgampora area of Awantipora, a cordon and search operation was launched by Police Component Srinagar, Awantipora police and 55 RR. During the search operation, militants present in the area fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated, ensuing an encounter.
Two militants identified as Mohammad Shafi Wagay @Ehsan and Jahangir Ahmad Ganie @Safi-ul-lah, affiliated with LeT were killed in the encounter.
These militants were involved in many incidents of violence including killing of security force police personnel and political activists, grenade attacks on Security forces, police installations in South Kashmir.
They were also involved in threatening to general masses to refrain from forthcoming elections and motivating youth to join militant ranks in the general areas of Awantipora, Pulwama and Shopian. (CNS)

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