Pulwama encounter: Locals to offer mass funeral to slain civilians

Pulwama: The residents of Kakapora area in Pulwama district of south Kashmir have started gathering for funerals of the two civilians who were killed in police firing on Sunday.
Two civilians, including a 22-year-old girl, were killed and six others were injured Sunday afternoon after police opened fire at them.
The slain civilians were identified as Danish Rashid son of Abdul Rashid resident of Ratnipura Pulwama and a girl Shaista Hamid daughter of Abdul Hamid Bhat of Lelhar in the district. Danish and Shaista were taken to district hospitals, Pampore and Pulwama, where the doctors declared them dead.
The incidents triggered heavy stone-pelting near the encounter site and people were chanting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Around 12 persons were injured in stone-pelting incidents; some of them have been identified as, Imran son of Abdul Rashid of Lelhar, Mohammad Rafiq son Abdul Gani of Samboora, Suhail Ahmad Mir son of Bashir Ahmad Mir of Kakapora and Altaf Ahmad Dar son of Abdul Raheem Dar of lelhar.
Earlier, militant was killed in the district during a gunfight. A Police official said an on going encounter; a local militant was killed identifying him as Adil Ahmad of Kakapora, Pulwama.
Police and Special Operations Group cordoned the area after receiving a tip off about the presence of militants in Khanday Mohalla in the district.

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