J&K: Youth Killed, 50 Civilians Injured After Clash Between Security Forces, Protesters Near Encouner Site in Shopian
Security personnel in action during an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian (Photo Credit: IANS)

Srinagar, July 10: A young man was killed and 50 others were injured after security forces allegedly opened fire on protesters following clashes near an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Tuesday. The clash between security forces and protesters broke out when crowds tried to break the security cordon in an attempt to disrupt the operation.

Two militants were killed and two soldiers injured after they opened fire on the security forces, trigerring a gunbattle in Kundallan area. According to the police, people poured out of their homes to try foil the security operation, forcing security personnel to fire tear gas and pellet gunshots.

A young man, identified as Tamsheel Ahmed, was injured in clashes with the security forces near the gunfight site and later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Another man, Muhammad Ishaq Naikoo suffered cardiac arrest and died after being told by neighbours that his son Zeenat, who had just joined the militant ranks, was caught up in the battle.

One of the slain militants was identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh of Shopian district while the security forces believe that the other dead militant could be a foreigner. Two soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, injured in the gunfight were shifted to the Army's 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar.