Clashes hit Shopian after encounter, 3 injured youth referred to SMHS

SRINAGAR: Soon after an encounter ended at Gugloroo, Shopian in South Kashmir, on Thursday evening, police used tear smoke canisters and pellets to disperse hundreds of protesters raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

Reports said that almost a dozen protesting youth and police personnel were injured during severe clashes between the two.

“We referred three injured youth to SMHS, who had pellet injuries in their eyes,” an official at the district hospital told Kashmir Life.

The official identified the three youth as Mohammad Umar, Tariq Ahmad and Mohammad Ashraf.

The trouble started after hundreds of people came on roads and demanded the bodies of slain militants but police took them to police station concerned. Both the militants have been identified as locals, one from Pehilpora, Imam Sahab and another from Rajouri.

Sources said that people from neighbouring Pinjura, Pehlipora and other adjoining hamlets reached Gugloroo, just after the firing stopped and they started raising anti-India slogans.

Police swung into action resulting in the severe clashes.

Police sources said that protesters pelted stones on police personnel who in “their defense” used lathis to disperse them to “maintain law and order.”

Local sources said that tension was very high in the area when the last reports came in. Locals hailed the efforts of the doctors at District Hospital Shopian who very quickly treated upon the injured.