Budgam encounter: One militant, three civilians killed; CM Mehbooba urges restraint, Omar calls situation ‘alarming’

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Durbugh area of Chadoora in the wee hours

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: March 29, 2017 12:20 pm
budgam, budgam encounter, kashmir, kashmir encounter, chadora, chadora encounter, terrorist encounter kashmir, kashmir news, jammu and kashmir, indian express Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Durbugh area of Chadoora in the early hours today following information about the presence of militants in the area, the police official said. (Express photo: By Shuaib Masoodi)

Three civilians were killed and 17 others injured on Tuesday during an encounter between security forces and militants in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The civilians died during clashes with security personnel at the site of the encounter. A militant was also killed in the firing and is yet to identified.

Earlier today, Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Durbugh area of Chadoora in the wee hours following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into a gunbattle after militants opened fire on security forces. As the security forces were engaged in the exchange of firing with holed-up militants, a large number of protesters started pelting stones at the law enforcing agencies, the official said.

He said one person was hit by a bullet in the neck and rushed to a hospital. He succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital. Four others suffered injuries as security forces fired pellet guns and tear smoke shells in a bid to disperse the protesters, the official said.

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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed anguish over the death of three civilians and urged restraint from all sides saying issues confronting the state cannot be resolved if violence becomes the norm.

In a statement released by the official spokesman, Mehbooba expressed deep anguish and grief over the death of three youths at Chadoora. “It is highly painful to see the young boys losing their lives,” the chief minister said.

Express photo: By Suhaib Masoodi)

She termed the killings as highly unfortunate and said the people in Kashmir continue to suffer massive collateral damage due to violence of past three decades or so.

Expressing grief over the killing of three youths in security forces firing, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah blamed the centre and state government for the “alarming situation” and advocated talks with all stakeholders.

“By choosing to turn a blind eye towards the unprecedented level of alienation and perpetual uncertainty in Kashmir both the Central Government of Narendra Modi and the State Government of Mehbooba Mufti have compounded the situation in the Valley and pushed the youth into a corner,” Abdullah said in a statement here.

He said the political issue in Kashmir cannot be resolved through rhetoric, operational measures or development.

“There is no alternative to talks. You have to talk to the people of Kashmir and the stakeholders of all shades of opinion with an honest intent to resolve the political issue,” Abdullah said.

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  1. Jay Smith
    Mar 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    Collateral damage my foot, you come into an area where bullets are flying then if you die who is responsible....
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      AMANDEEP
      Mar 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm
      Mr Abdullah ought to know ... there is no "perpetual uncertainty" in Kashmir. These people need to stop supporting stani terrorists and behave like law-abiding Indian citizens in the rest of the country. If they stop interfering with the Army's operations to take on the terrorists then their is no reason why they cannot live in peace and safety. They have a choice between a life of peace, dignity, education and getting on in life on the one hand; and being used by the cynical jihadis across the border on the other hand.
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        Khalid
        Mar 28, 2017 at 10:43 am
        Continue to dream.. but remember forced union states days are counted and opressed people will crush this brahministan soon
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          Khalid
          Mar 28, 2017 at 9:01 am
          How long will indian state sponsered terrorisme continue? -against unarmed kashmiri people. A encircled people who only want right to decide over their country-Kashmir.lt;br/gt;One thing the brahmins must keep in mind that this forced union will fell apart if not Kashmiris according to UNO resolutions can decide their future.
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            IML sood
            Mar 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm
            These Abdulla's and such other leaders are real culprits, now when they are not in powere to loot,they show sympathy for those who are opening helping terrorists to escape. They express their sympathy for them not for brave jawans who are fights to restore order risking their lives every single moment. Remove their security and see the result within no time and their actual worth be known in no time.
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