Havoc in Kulgam, four civilians killed, 70 injured, militants slip forces

Indian troops martyr four youth in occupied Kashmir

As the gunbattle went on, protesters gathered and pelted stones at the security personnel to disturb the operation and clashes ensued, police officials said.

A civilian was killed and at least three jawans were injured in the encounter between terrorists and security forces at Khudwani area of Kulgam district in South Kashmir. Three security forces personnel were wounded in the encounter.

Official sources told GNS, that police have sent a communication to the cellular companies wherein they have directed them to snap down the mobile internet data in Pulwama, Shopian and Awantipora with immediate effect. "One of them, identified as Sepoy S. Gunakar Roy No 16121860/K, succumbed at the hospital later", he said.

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They said security forces blasted the house from where the militants were firing at them following which the firing stopped.

While the firefight was underway, surging crowds made repeated attempts to reach the encounter site and clashed with the security forces, officials said. Witnesses added that an Army gunship helicopter was also used during the operation.

Doctors named the civilians who died as Aijaz Ahmad Palla, 30, who had a gunshot injury, Faisal Elahi, 15, Bilal Ahmad Dar, 17, and Sharjeel Sheikh 28. According to a latest reports, some of the terrorists have been trapped in the South Kashmir area.

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Sixty injured were shifed to PHC Qaimouh while 18 were admitted in Kulgam and Anantnag hospitals out of which 8 were referred to Srinagar hospitals.

Schools, colleges and businesses in the Kashmir valley closed in answer to a strike call from separatists in protest at the killings.

Kashmir's Joint Resistance Leadership, including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, have called for a complete shutdown on Thursday across the area against the killings.

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