Kulgam gunfight ends, militants flee

Kulgam gunfight ends, militants flee

Over 60 persons injured during clashes

Srinagar, May 29: At least 60 persons were injured, ten of them seriously in government forces action during clashes following a gunfight in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Wednesday.
The government forces also called off the operation as militants have reportedly managed to escape.
The encounter ensued after a joint team of army’s 9 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation at Tazipora area of Mahmoodpora following information about the presence of some militants.
As such the joint team of forces was zeroing on a hideout, the militants hiding inside opened fire triggering off a gunfight at around 4:00 am.
Soon people took to streets and clashed with government forces following which the police and paramilitary forces resorted to teargas shelling pellets and live ammunition in which 60 persons suffered injuries.
The injured were shifted to PHC Mahmoodpora and 15 of them were taken to district hospital Kulgam for treatment.
CMO Kulgam, Dr Fazil Kochak said that 60 injured persons were received at PHC Mohammedpora and conditions of 50 of them had minor injuries.
Among the injured, 12 persons, he said have been shifted to district hospital Kulgam where from 10 of them were referred to Srinagar hospital.
The twelve injured have been identified as Nadeem Ahmad,30-years-old (pellet injury in left eye), Nawaz Ahmad Bhat, 36-years-old (pellet injury in right eye), Adnan, 17-years-old (pellet injury in left eye), Yawar Ahmad, 18-years-old (bullet injury in abdomen), Mohsin Ahmad (pellet injury on body), Basit Ahmad (pellet injury on both arms), Aqib Nazir Wagay, 18-years-old (pellet injury in left eye), Mudasir Nazir Bhat , 24-years-old (Pellet injury in left eye), Tawseef Ahmad Zargar, 20-years-old (pellet injury in right eye) and Ghulam Rasool Teeli, 28-years-old (pellet injury head and left eye).
Medical Superintendent District Hospital Kulgam Dr Muzafar Zargar also confirmed to GNS that ten injured persons have been referred to SMHS Srinagar for advanced treatment.
Those referred include Nadeem, Nawaz, Adnan, Aqib, Mudasir, Tawseef, Ghulam Rasool, and Yawar. One more person namely Umar Amin (24) son of Mohd Amin of Kharpora Chadoora was admitted at SMHS hospital. According to reports Umar was ruthlessly beaten to pulp by the government forces.
Two others namely Mohsin and Basit are being treated in the hospital.
Meanwhile, the government called off the operation after searches for several hours and no militant body was recovered, suggesting that the militants managed to escape. (GNS)