Pulwama: Two civilians including a 22-year-old girl were killed and six others injured on Sunday afternoon when government forces opened fire at protestors, who were protesting near the encounter site to break up the ongoing cordon to pave safe passage to holed-up militants in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
The slain civilians have been 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 removed to district hospitals, Pampore and Pulwama, where the doctors declared the duo dead.
Meanwhile stone-pelting is going on near the encounter site and people are chanting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.The injured 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, a militant was killed in the area during a gunfight. A Police official identified the slain militant as Adil Ahmad of Kakapora, Pulwama.
Police and army had cordoned the area after receiving a tip off about the presence of militants in Khanday Mohalla in the district.
Meanwhile, JKLF has called for a shutdown on Monday against the killing of two civilians in Pulwama today.