Three civilians, including a teenage girl, were killed and at least five others were injured after Indian troops opened fire on peaceful protesters in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.
According to media reports, Indian army opened fire on protesters who pelted them with stones in Hawoora area of Redwani.
All the injured were taken to nearby Primary Health Centre (PHC) where three of them were declared dead before reaching the health centre.
The martyred civilians have been identified as Shakir Ahmad Khanday, 22, son of Mohd Hussain Khanday, Irshad Ahmad, 20, son of Abdul Majeed and Andleeb Jan, 16, daughter of Ali Mohammad.
People took to the streets after Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation in Redwani area of the district on Saturday. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Indian troops and police used brute force to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel. As the clashes intensified, the police and troops resorted to indiscriminate firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on the protesters resulting in the killing of three people and injuring of several others.
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