10 hurt as Pulwama erupts over militant deaths

SRINAGAR:  At least ten persons including a security personnel were injured during the clashes between protestors and government forces that erupted soon after the encounter in Hanjin area of Pulwama district.

Police sources said that hundreds of protestors gathered outside police station Rajpora soon after the dead bodies of the three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants reached there. Amid pro-freedom slogans, the protestors including the family members of the slain militants demanded that bodies be handed over to them without any delay. 

The protestors according to police sources attacked CRPF and SOG personnel who had been deployed in and around the police station Rajpora. “As the stone-pelting intensified, government forces fired few tear-smoke shells to disperse the agitated protestors,” a police official said. 

Refuting the claims of the police, locals alleged that government forces resorted to aerial firing and made ‘free’ use of pellet guns. They said that 9 protestors were injured after in police and CRPF action.

All the injured were taken to District Hospital Pulwama wherefrom three youth were shifted to Srinagar. Hospital sources confirmed that most of the youth have sustained pellet injuries. The hospital authorities identified the injured youth as Ashfaq Ahmed Dar son of Muhammad Ali resident of Belou Pulwama, Showkat Ahmed Ganaie son of Ghulam Muhammad resident of Arihal, Rasik Ahmed son of Bashir Ahmed of Batamuran, Muhammad Amin son of Abdul Ahad of Tikken, Bilal Ahmed son of Abdul Ahad resident of Rajpora, Muhammad Irfan Bhat son of Muhammad Yaqoob of Ghusso and Shabir Ahmed Mir son of Bashir Ahmed resident of Newa Pulwama.

A CRPF personnel from 183 Battalion whom police identified as Chandan Singh also suffered head injury.

A police official said that the situation in the area is tense but under control.  

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