Youth Shot Dead; Clashes, Firing in Chrar-e-Sharief

SRINAGAR: Violent clashes broke out at Dalwan area of Charar-e-Sharief in Budgam district Wednesday and police opened fire to quell protests which erupted after army men shot dead a youth they said, was a militant.

Officials sources said that an army patrol was moving towards village Dalwan in Chrar-e-Sharief this afternoon when it came under fire from the militants. In the retaliatory fire one unidentified gunman got killed, they said.

“From his possession, one SLR, one pouch, 4 magazines, 13 rounds, one grenade and PAN Card was recovered,” Srinagar based, army spokesman said in a statement.

The spokesman said that the PAN card identified the slain as Tauseef Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Hassan of Pulwama. “The police party has taken possession of the body and was trying to ascertain more facts,” the spokesman added.

However refuting the army version, locals said that the two youth on a motorbike (JKO4A- 451) were intercepted by the army team which had fanned out in the area following intelligence inputs about militant movement there. 

While the pillion rider managed to escape, the biker was shot dead by the army personnel. 

Police claimed that the armed youth was killed when he tried to open fire upon the army men.

“After killing him, the army took the body in their custody,” sources said. 

The news of the killing spread like wildfire in the village. Hundreds of people came out of their homes and staged pro-freedom demonstrations. Chanting pro-Independence and anti-India slogans, the protesters tried to march towards the army camp. However, the CRPF personnel and police, who by then had reached the spot, burst teargas canisters to prevent them from marching towards the camp. 

When crowds surged ahead, the govt forces  opened fire, these reports said. 

At least four people were injured in the clashes. 

One person, who received bullet injury in the clashes, has been referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment. He has been identified as Bilal Ahmad Sheikh son of Mohammad Afzal of Pakherpora. The clashes were going on when the reports last came in Wednesday evening. 

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