Srinagar, Oct 21: Five civilians were killed and at least 43 others injured post a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday. Earlier in the morning three militants were killed in the encounter with the forces at the same spot.
Local news agency GNS quoting an official at district hospital Kulgam said that 32 injured were received in the hospital and four of them were shifted to Srinagar. Similarly, Medical Superintendent of Anantnag hospital Dr Abdul Majeed Mehrab said that 11 injured persons were received and three among them were shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment.
The dead civilians were identified as Ubaid Laway, Uzair Ahmad, Mansoor Ahmad, Talib Maqbool of Laroo, Tajamul Ahmad of Denew Bogund and Irshad Ahmad of Shurat.
The sources said that three civilians Talib, Tajamul and Irshad died in an explosion near the encounter site while two others—Uzair and Mansoor—died at SMHS hospital.
“Civilians visited the encounter site immediately after operation inspite of request not to visit as thorough search is to be made for explosives once flames douse off . They didn’t listen and thus visited the spot immediately after forces withdrew and some explosive substance went off resulting in injuries to civilians. One civilian namely Ubaid Laway son of Mohammad Maqbool Laway of Laroo died,” police tweeted .
“We request them not to visit the site again,” the police officer added.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Hurrityat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted: “Amidst internet &news blackout reports of #BloodbathInKulgam as forces go berserk! Many civilian casualties reported,3 armed youth martyred more than sixty civilians injured many critical !Homes destroyed, women ruthlessly beaten! All roads to the area sealed, media barred!,”