Three youths killed, over 60 cops injured as protests rock Valley

While the operation was underway, residents came out and started hurling stones at policemen who formed the outer cordon.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: March 29, 2017 10:41 am
Budgam, Budgam encounter, Budgam operation, Jammu gun battle, Mehbooba Mufti, 3 dead in encounter, Budgam stone pelting, stone pelting, Mehbooba Mufti, India news, Indian express Youths hurl stones at securitymen in Durbugh Chadoora in Budgam, Tuesday. Source: Shuaib Masoodi

THREE persons were killed Tuesday and another 25 injured when residents of Durbugh Chadoora in Budgam district of the Valley obstructed a security operation and tried to help a militant flee from a house where he had holed up. The militant was also killed in the gunbattle.

J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said attempts were made to persuade the militant to lay down his weapon. “Nothing can be achieved with violence. Whatever can be achieved has to be through dialogue and peace,’’ she said. She appealed to parents to keep their children away from encounter sites and stone-throwing crowds because “these places are not free from danger”.

CRPF DIG Sanjay Kumar was quoted by ANI news agency as saying 43 CRPF jawans were injured and that police had reported 20 of their men were injured in stone pelting. He called on residents to steer clear of their operations and not pose any obstruction.

Meanwhile, separatists have called for a day-long strike in the Valley on Wednesday to protest the killings. In a joint statement, separatist leaders called for protests on Friday as well. Examinations and train services scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled in view of the strike call.

On Tuesday morning, acting on information that militant Touseef Ahmad Wagey was hiding in a house in Durbugh, security forces laid a cordon to start a search. While the operation was underway, residents came out and started hurling stones at policemen who formed the outer cordon.

The clashes intensified as the day progressed. Security forces fired pellets and then opened fire. The three protesters who died were identified as Zahid Rashid Gania (21) of Chadoora, Saquib Rashid (19) of Wathoora and Ishfaq Ahmad (27) of Rangreth.

Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent of the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, said four youths were brought to the hospital from Budgam. He said three died while the fourth was being treated for a head injury.

Police prevented relatives of Gania from taking his body to his village and this led to more protests.

Daliar Singh, Block Medical Officer of Chadoora, said 23 injured were brought to the hospital. “The injured had pellet and bullet injuries. One of the injured was shifted to the SMHS Hospital in the evening,” he said.

“One militant has been killed and his body and weapon have been recovered. Sanitising operation is underway,’’ the Army spokesman said.
Officials said Wagey of Kanjikul Kulgam was affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen and was a Category C militant.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Two civilian killed many injured on the sidelines of Chadoora encounter. The tragedy that is # Kashmir continues to unfold.’’

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    Paki
    Mar 28, 2017 at 10:27 pm
    Please send our warriors with Lathis, THE R"SS" TERRORISTS.
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      Gallupalli
      Mar 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm
      As long as you are with India, brahmin pigs will not allow you to develop. They will want you under their control until they are get annihilated. In fact they are emotionallt;br/gt;Dumbs that they cannot contain themselves intil they bring their own annihilation to themselves. And they aren't marching fast towards that.
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        Khalid
        Mar 29, 2017 at 7:26 am
        Stone the occupiers out.. even a dog hated that much will leave the village. Its seems occupiers have no selfrespect...
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          Tutsis.of.South.Asia
          Mar 29, 2017 at 3:27 am
          Kashmeres should never give up their demand for FREEDOM AND THEIR ASPIRATIONS.
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            Tutsis.of.South.Asia
            Mar 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm
            “The callousness of police was evident at Jehangir Chowk where police even did not spare the body of slain youth and used their brute force against his mourning relatives. The sacrifices of these martyrs will never go in vain and Kashmiris will keep resisting this oppression with pion and zeal,” a spokesman of the Front, in a statement today, quoted Yasin Malik as having said.
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              islamForFoools
              Mar 29, 2017 at 12:42 am
              Army chief what are you doing? You said you will be tough on Kashmiri terrorists, kashmiris in India should be attacked
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                islamForFoools
                Mar 29, 2017 at 1:40 am
                I find our army very weak, not taking strong steps. Why are you sparing bullets?
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                  islamForFoools
                  Mar 29, 2017 at 12:42 am
                  Kill kashmiris throughout India,
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