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Civilian casualties during encounters up
At least 30 civilians killed in 2018
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Jul 11: With no let up civilian killings near encounter sites continue to go unprecedented across Kashmir valley in different incidents of encounter between militants and security forces.

According to news reports, at least five civilians have been killed so far in firing by security forces since the month of June this year.

Continuing with the civilian casualties, recently on July 9 one civilian was killed and about 20 injured when forces fired after protestors broke out near an encounter site during a gun battle in Kundullan village of Shopian district in South Kashmir.

On June 23, a civilian was killed when security forces opened fire on protesters during an encounter between forces and militants in Srigufwara village of Anantnag district in south Kashmir.

While civilian killings during encounters has emerged as one the huge causes of concern and anguish in Kashmir Valley, the killings are reported on a regular basis.

On June 29, a youth was killed in Pulwama’s Chatapora village after forces opened fire on protesters trying to march towards an encounter site. The youth was identified as Faizan Ahmad Kehan.

According to news reports, at least 24 civilians were been killed near encounter sites in different places across Kashmir valley since the beginning of 2018.

According to news reports, 24 civilians have lost their lives in firing by security forces during protests following encounters between militants and government forces.

Pertinently, the killings have gone unabated in the month of May this year also.

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.

Continuing with the mayhem, on April 10 four civilians were killed and 45 others injured during an encounter between government forces and militants 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 especially in Kulgam and Shopian districts.

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.

According to news sources atleast 28 civilians have been killed in forces action during protestors bid to move closer to the encounter sites across Kashmir since the month of March till the month of May this year .


News Updated at : Thursday, July 12, 2018
 
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