Boy killed in clashes between protesters, security forces in south Kashmir

Pulwama’s chief medical officer said Shakir Ahmad had a bullet wound in his chest. Two militants were also killed in the encounter at Chaigung village of Shopian.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2018 20:21 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Srinagar
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Army personnel during an encounter at Kokarnag in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.(PTI File Photo)

A 17-year-old boy, Shakir Ahmad, was killed after forces allegedly opened fire at protesters near the site of an encounter between securitymen and militants in south Kashmir on Wednesday evening.

Two militants were also killed in the encounter at Chaigung village of Shopian.

“…Two terrorists have been neutralized and weapons have been recovered. Unfortunately one boy was also killed in the cross-fire and two ladies sustained injuries. Search is still going on,” tweeted Jammu and Kashmir director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid.

A gun battle erupted after forces besieged Chaigung following inputs about the presence of militants there.

Local reports said people came out protesting from nearby places as militants and security forces battled each other.

Police control room confirmed that Shakir was killed in the firing at Kalampora in Pulwama district. Kalampora (Pulwama) and Chaigung (Shopian) fall on the border of these two districts.

Pulwama’s chief medical officer said Shakir had a bullet wound in his chest.

Separatists condemned the death of the boy.

“Blood of #Kashmir’s youth being spilled mercilessly and with impunity! 17 year old Shakir Ahmed #ShotDead as Indian troops fire indiscriminately on protestors at Chaigund Shopian, 2 girls with bullet injuries on their head shifted to a Srinagar hospital in critical condition!,” tweeted moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Earlier this month, Khalid Ahmad Dar (22) died during protests after the army fired on a group of youngsters, which was allegedly pelting stones at a camp of the force in Khudwani Kulgam. The government ordered a probe into the incident.

In the ongoing assembly session, the opposition has cornered government over civilian deaths and staged a walkout.

According to police officials, at least 24 civilians have lost their lives during gun battles between security forces and militants in Kashmir in 2017.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 20:15 IST