Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police has registered a case and initiated investigation into killing of six persons and injuries to several others in a blast which took place immediately after three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in an encounter by security forces at Laroo in Kulgam district on Sunday, a police spokesman said.
Meanwhile, police spokesman has appealed to citizens not to visit any encounter site until the site is sanitized by the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) team. We seek cooperation of people in this regard for avoiding accidents of such nature, he said.
Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, former Chief ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti besides CPI(M) leader M Y Targami and others have expressed grief over the demise of civilians in the blast.
Giving details about the incident, police spokesman said in Kulgam an encounter took place in which three JeM militants were killed. He said in the aftermath of the encounter when a large congregation entered the encounter site before it was cleared led to an explosion in which six people died.
Moreover after the conclusion of encounter as the forces moved out, the locals from the area started assembling at the site of encounter and had apparently fiddled with some stray explosive materials leading to an explosion. Consequently some individuals sustained grievous injuries in the blast. However, injured identified as Ubaid Shah, Tajamul, Irshad Ahmad Padder, Uzair Ahmad & Masroor Ahmad unfortunately succumbed when they were brought to hospitals.
He said that it is pertinent to mention that this incident occurred post encounter.