One Army jawan was killed during a intense gun battle between the security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district this morning. However, the encounter soon led to the clashes between the locals and security forces in which three civilians, including two teenagers, were killed.
Local residents started pelting security personnel with stones, leading to clashes in which around 20 civilians were also injured, the sources said.
Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Khudwani area on Tuesday night following information about presence of militants there, the official said.
Three soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants out of which Sapper Sada Gunakara Rao (24), a resident of Andhra Pradesh, succumbed to injuries at 92 Base hospital of the Army in Srinagar.
A group of people from Khudwani and adjoining areas started pelting stones on security personnel during the encounter allegedly in order to facilitate the escape of the militants, official claimed.
24 civilians were injured in the ensuing violence, four of whom died.
“Four civilians died in the law and order situation that erupted in Khudwani area of Kulgam district when security forces were engaged in a counter-terrorism operation,” the official said.
Three of the deceased youths were identified as Sarjeel Ahmad (25), Bilal Ahmad Tantray (16) and Faisal Ilahi (14). The condition of the other injured persons is stated to be stable, he said.
(With inputs from PTI)