More than twenty protesters injured as clashes erupt during CASO in Kulgam; one critical

More than twenty people were injured, one of them critically, in clashes with the government forces during a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in Lone mohalla area of Khudwani in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday.

Reports said that youth took to streets and clashed with the forces which had launched a CASO in the area following inputs about the presence of militants.

They said that forces fired tear gas and pellets to chase away the protesters who were trying to disrupt the search operation.

A teenager Raqib Ahmad Wagay was hit by a tear gas shell in his head was shifted to district hospital Anantnag where from he was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment, said a health official.

Sources at sub-district hospital Qaimoh confirmed that twenty-five persons with pellet injuries were brought to the facility for treatment.

Six with pellet injuries in eyes were referred to district hospital Anantnag, they said.

A shutdown was being observed in the village against the killings of three militants in a gunfight in Wani mohalla yesterday.

more details are awaited.