At least 24 civilians killed on encounter sites in 2018

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 5/5/2018 9:53:31 AM

SRINAGAR, May 4: At least 24 civilians have been killed at encounter sites in different places across Kashmir valley since the begining of 2018.
According to the news reports, 24 civilians have lost their lives in firing by security forces during protests following encounters between militants and government forces.
Pertinently, the civilian deaths during encounters and gunfights have become a huge cause of concern in Kashmir valley.
While the killings have remained unprecedented, the same have evoked widespread anger and anguish among people across Kashmir and human rights groups.
Recently, on May 1, a youth was killed and five others injured, in clashes with the government forces following an encounter between the militants and forces in Turkawangam village of Shopian district of South Kashmir.
In the month of April, scores of youth were killed during the incidents of encounters between forces and militants in different parts of south Kashmir.
On April 10 four civilians were killed and 45 others injured during an encounter between government forces and millitants in Khodweni area of Kulgam district of South Kashmir.
Four civilians were killed and over 30 others injured in clashes between protesters and government forces in Kachidoora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on April 1.
Since the month of December last year up to March 2018, at least 10 civilians which included three women, were killed during clashes between forces and millitants at encounter sites across Kashmir valley.
Most of the civilian killings have occurred in southern parts of Kashmir valley.
In the month of March also a youth was killed during an encounter in South Kashmirs Shopian district.
A 19-year old youth Rayees Ahmad Ganie was killed in firing by security forces on January 27 when Army opened fire on civilian protesters following an encounter in Shopian district of South Kashmir.
On January 23, a 17-year old boy identified as Shakir Mir, resident of Qalampora village of Pulwama district was killed in army firing during an encounter between militants and security forces in Chaigund village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
On January 25, 10-year old Musharraf Fayaz succumbed on Feb 1 after battling for life in SKIMS for a week. Musharaf had suffered critical injuries in his head following explosion of a shell near an encounter site in his village.
With no let up the civilian killings at encounter sites have remained unabated across Kashmir valley particularly since the year 2016.



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