SRINAGAR At least thirteen persons were injured, one among them suffered bullet wound, in government forces action during separate clashes at Darumdore area of Shopian and Hajin area of Bandipora district on Saturday.
Official sources said that on Saturday afternoon, a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF laid a cordon at Darumdore in southern Shopian district.
Soon after the joint team of forces launched the anti-militancy operation at Darumdore village, scores of youth took to streets and pelted rocks on them which resulted into the clashes, they said.
The forces resorted to pellet and bullet firing besides using tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters, they said.
In the incident, a youth namely Jehangir Ahmad Lone son of Bashir Ahmad Lone of Ashpora Shopian was injured after hit with a bullet and at least seven other persons suffered injuries due to pellets and tear smoke shells in the forces action, they said.
Sources said that as the forces intensified the combing operation in the village, authorities have suspended the internet service in the district.
Meanwhile, highly reliable sources said that militants have managed to escape even as there was no official confirmation.
In another incident, stone-pelting clashes erupted at Tawheedabad area of Hajin in northern Bandipora district on Saturday afternoon soon after a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF launched searches to trace out the militants in the area, they said.
The forces used tear smoke shells and pellet guns to disperse the protesters, they said.
A youth namely Naseer Ahmad Parray of Parray Mohalla suffered injuries after a shell fired by forces hit his hand. Besides, Naseer, four other youths also suffered injuries due to pellets or tear smoke shells.
Shutdown in Bijbhera, Srinagar Parts
A shutdown was observed in Bijbehara area of south Kashmirs Anantnag district on Saturday to mourn the killing of four militants and a civilian in a gunfight on Friday.
All shops and other commercial establishments are closed in Srigufwara, Khiram, Wubzan and Bijbehara town while traffic is off the roads.
Parts of Kashmir capital Srinagar observed shutdown against the killing of local militant Dawood Ahmed Sofi. He was one among four militants killed in Khirhama Nowshera encounter in South Kashmir on Friday.
Reports said that all shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in parts of Srinagar including HMT, Mustafa Abad, Shalteng, Umar Abdad, Parimpora, Narbal, Zainakoot, Sharif Abad, Maloora and Mujgund.
Four militants and a civilian were killed in the gunfight that raged for several hours in Khiram village yesterday.
Over two dozen civilians were injured in clashes that erupted near the site of the gunfight. One of the injured, identified as Shahid Nazir, remains admitted at SKIMS Soura where his condition is stated to be critical.
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