Published On: Sat, Jan 27th, 2018

Two killed as security forces open fire on violent protesters in J&K’s Shopian

Srinagar: At least two civilians were killed and nine others sustained wounds on Saturday in clashes with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Tension has gripped the area as senior civil and police officers rushed to the spot

The two youths sustained bullet wounds after a mob pelted stones at the vehicles of the security forces in Ganowpora village of Shopian district in south Kashmir, police said.

Two of the injured persons, identified as Javaid Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Javid Lone, succumbed to injuries, they said.

Tension has gripped the area as senior civil and police officers rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, a defence spokesman said Army troops opened fire when a mob tried to lynch a junior commissioned officer and snatch his service weapon.

“An Army administration convoy was passing through Ganovpora when it came under unprovoked and intense stone- pelting by a group of 100-120 stone-pelters. Within no time, their number swelled to 200-250 persons.

“The crowd surrounded an isolated portion of the convoy consisting of four vehicles,” the spokesman said, noting that the stone-pelters caused extensive damage to these vehicles and tried to set them on fire.

“A junior commissioned officer accompanying the convoy got hit on the head and fell unconscious. He was seriously injured. The mob tried to lynch the individual and snatch his weapon.”

He said, “The violent crowd further closed in towards the vehicles and attempted to set them on fire.”

The spokesman said considering the extreme gravity of the situation, the Army was constrained to open fire in self defence to prevent lynching of the JCO and burning of government vehicle by the mob.

“A total of seven Army men suffered injuries while extensive damage was caused to eleven vehicles. In the process, two civilians succumbed to the bullet injuries,” he said.

The police have registered a case against the Army unit concerned in connection with the incident.

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