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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First Published on: March 29, 2017 12:00 am
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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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                    islamForFoools
                    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:19 am
                    Stop calling them youths, they are musselman terrorists, their entire families should be killed
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                      Romik
                      Mar 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm
                      Please please do not interfere with security operations otherwise you become an ociate of terrorists. Tutsis you are an ISI agent.
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                        Romik
                        Mar 29, 2017 at 12:09 am
                        There are a few hundred stone pelters. Need to throw atones at them when they are doing their work. Four less today.
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                          Vik
                          Mar 29, 2017 at 2:16 am
                          You need a strong hand im Kashmir. Just look at the smiling faces of the young terrorists hurling stones. Their parents are complicit in the behaviour of these young criminals.
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                            Praful Vora
                            Mar 29, 2017 at 12:18 am
                            Why can't those stone Filter Scott and sent to the jails outside Jane K and the parents have to pay the fines and also be for the injuries caused by this stone filters
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                              Naveen
                              Mar 29, 2017 at 4:19 am
                              Cowards want to gain some sympathy from the reading public by claiming that 60 policemen were hurt.
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                                Hellfire
                                Mar 29, 2017 at 7:35 am
                                Why dont you migrate to Peaceful stan ?
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                                  Amitava Ghosh
                                  Mar 29, 2017 at 5:33 am
                                  A bunch of goons trying to prevent the army from eliminating terrorists are terrorist themselves.What kind of parents that do not discipline their sons not to venture out and support terrorists.Civilians got killed for their own fault.But now the army must liquidate the separatists sooer living in India and licking the buttocks of /terrorists.
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                                    Homer
                                    Mar 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm
                                    They are not militants they are terrorists and those who help protect them are traitors! THEY SHOULD BE SHOT ON SIGHT!
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                                      Ashutosh Shukla
                                      Mar 29, 2017 at 7:49 am
                                      Friends of enemy are our enemies. These misguided youths have placed their sympathy in wrong place and it is time any one supporting terrorist should be shot. Otherwise there is no way out. Warn them once - shoot in air - and they shoot to kill. The fear of death erodes misplace loyalties very quickly.lt;br/gt;Once a few are killed pile up and blow the bodies away- any subsequent protest repeat the procedure as above.lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;India for Indianslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai hind
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                                        a d
                                        Mar 29, 2017 at 5:20 am
                                        Photos are available. Identify and arrest these anti-national stone pelters. A minimum of 2 years rigorious imprisonment is necessary to be given to them. Warn their families. Next time, when again caught, then the punishment must be for 20 years.lt;br/gt;This is the only way to treat these people. Instead of standing shoulder to shoulder with our security people, they are stopping them from doing their duty trying to eliminate traitors. Going to mosque five times a day, this is what they are preached ?????
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                                          a d
                                          Mar 29, 2017 at 1:18 am
                                          Show no mercy to these stone pelters. Did their family members restrain them ?????lt;br/gt;Now their women folk will come out crying and the foolish newspapers will put their photos in front pages. Army chief had already warned them, still they come out in support of the terrorists. So, these stone pelters are also terrorists.lt;br/gt;Shoot and kill each and every person who comes out of their houses at such times.
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                                            Indian
                                            Mar 29, 2017 at 5:52 am
                                            B a s t a r d s...
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