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Three youths killed as protests hit the Valley

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Source: Indian Express

The valley in Budgam district has been obstructed by the police from Tuesday as militants were suspected to have been hiding. This operation killed three and 25 others were injured. The militant was also killed in the gunbattle. 43 CRPF jawans were also injured as protesters started stone pelting.

J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said attempts were made to persuade the militant to lay down his weapon. “Nothing can be achieved with violence. Whatever can be achieved has to be through dialogue and peace,’’ she said. She appealed to parents to keep their children away from encounter sites and stone-throwing crowds because “these places are not free from danger”.

The clashes intensified as the day progressed. Security forces fired pellets and then opened fire. The three protesters who died were identified as Zahid Rashid Gania (21) of Chadoora, Saquib Rashid (19) of Wathoora and Ishfaq Ahmad (27) of Rangreth. Police prevented relatives of Gania from taking his body to his village and this led to more protests.

The separatist have called for a day long strike in the Valley on Wednesday and Friday in view of killings in the valley. The valley has come to an halt again with the Wednesday strike.


Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent of the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, said four youths were brought to the hospital from Budgam. He said three died while the fourth was being treated for a head injury.