SHABIR AHMAD / MUSHTAQ-UL-ISLAM
PULWAMA: Two students, one of them a woman, were killed and about 12 others were injured in firing by government forces in Pulwama on Sunday. The forces also shot dead a militant during a brief gunfight.
At about 12pm, the army and the police laid a siege around Kakapora, where three militants were hiding. As the forces started searches in the village, the militants opened fire and made a bid to escape. In the retaliatory fire, a militant, identified as Adil Ahmad Wagay of Banderpora, Kakpora, was killed.
The two militants managed to cross a bridge and escape to Lelhar village neighbouring Kakpora. While the duo and the forces exchanged fire, people from several neighbouring villages and a group of youth who were playing cricket at the local sports stadium rushed towards the place and threw stones at the forces to help the militants escape, local residents told Kashmir Reader.
After failing to contain the protests, eyewitnesses said, the forces fired indiscriminately into the protesting crowd, injuring at least 14 people who were taken to Pulwama district hospital and Pampore sub-district hospital.
Doctors declared 22-year-old Shaista Hamid daughter of Abdul Hamid of Lelhar and Danish Farooq Mir of Ratnipora “brought dead”
Shaista had been hit in the neck and head in her home while Danish was hit in the back of his head during the protest.
A doctor posted at Pampore hospital told Kashmir Reader that seven of the injured were referred to the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar. Of these seven, two have been hit by bullets—Ghulam Mohiuddin in abdomen and Riyaz Ahmad Shah in leg—and the five others by pellet ammunition. The rest were being treated at the Pampore hospital, he said.
Shaista was pursuing an MA in Urdu through distance mode and Danish was a third-semester engineering student at the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora.
Thousands of people participated in the funeral of the deceased students, amid anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.