One killed, many injured in Shopian clashes

Srinagar: A youth was killed and over 15 others were injured when security forces opened fire, fired pellets and burst teargas shells on Sunday to disperse demonstrators who were pelting stones and trying to disrupt the operation against militants in south Kashmir district of Shopian, where authorities suspended mobile internet service since early this morning.
Six militants and soldier were killed in an encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the wee hours of Sunday. However, so far four bodies of militants have been recovered and operation was still going on when the reports last came in.
People, mostly youths and women, hit the streets at Batapora Kapran in Shopian when the news about the killing of militants spread. However, security forces and state police personnel deployed to foil any attempt to disrupt the operation, immediately swung into action and resorted to lathicharge followed by bursting of teargas shells.
Security forces also fire pellets and burst dozens of teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, who were regrouping and pelting stones and bricks. Security forces also opened fire to restore peace, they said adding over 15 persons received pellet and bullet injured in the clashes.
The injured were rushed to local hospital from where they were referred to District hospital. One of the injured identified as Noman Ashiraf Bhat was declared brought dead.
Majority injured who were hit by bullets and pellets were rushed to SMHS hospital, where large number of people had gathered raising slogans.
Meanwhile, mobile internet service has been suspended in the district to prevent spread of rumours.



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