Three civilians, including a teenaged girl, were killed in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday allegedly in firing by security forces, the police said. Several protesters were also injured in the violence.
Government forces allegedly opened fire on protesters after clashes erupted in Redwani village in Kulgam soon after troops began a cordon and search operation in the region, the Kashmir Reader reported. Security forces resorted to firing allegedly after local residents began to pelt stones at them.
However, The Indian Express quoted villagers as saying that the clashes broke out as security forces had detained several youths in the villages of Hawoora and Mishpora, after which local residents resorted to stone-pelting. Army troops retaliated by firing at the protesters, injuring at least five, the report added.
The three victims — all residents of Hawoora in Kulgam — were identified as Irshad Majeed (20), Shakir Ahmed Khanday (22) and Andleeb (16). They were taken to a hospital in Frisal, 18 kilometres from Kulgam, where they succumbed to their injuries.
As the situation continues to be tense in the region, authorities have suspended mobile internet service in the districts of Kulgam and Anantnag to prevent the spread of rumours and more protests, NDTV reported.
The protests erupted as the Valley was observing a shutdown, called by separatist leaders in response to National Investigation Agency detaining separatist leader Asiya Andrabi.
Sagar said the NC had a clear policy that “oppression and suppression…are no options. It is a political issue and has to be resolved politically”.
With inputs from PTI