A civilian was killed on Monday when the Army opened fire during a protest in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. This is the fourth civilian killing in as many days in the Valley, and the first since the Centre decided not to extend the Ramzan ceasefire.
On Monday evening, soldiers of 9 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) were on a patrol in Nowpora village of Mirbazar in Kulgam when youths threw stones at them. Villagers said the clashes were triggered when the Army snatched mobile phones from around a dozen youths.
The Army opened fire, and two protesters were injured. They were rushed to the District Hospital in Anantnag, where doctors declared one of them brought dead.
“We received two injured at the hospital. Both had bullet injury,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anantnag Dr Fazil Kochak told The Indian Express. “One was critically injured. We tried to resuscitate him but couldn’t. The other was hit by a bullet in the arm and is stable.”
The deceased youth has been identified as Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Nowpora village in Mirbazar. The injured youth, Rayees Ahmad, a tractor driver, was shifted from the Anantnag District Hospital to Srinagar for specialised treatment.
Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia told The Indian Express that the “details are being ascertained”.