Unarmed protesters killed in retaliation for attacking bunker, says police

Srinagar: Police on Tuesday said it regrets the loss of lives in Handawara saying an alleged incident of misbehavior with/ molestation of a girl by an army man took place in Handwara town.
It said, people gathered there and attacked the army bunker in Handwara chowk. “They assaulted the personnel deployed there, ransacked the bunker and attempted to set fire to the bunker etc,” it said.
“In retaliation the security forces deployed there used force to disperse the violent rampaging mob. In the process two individuals namely Mohammad Iqbal resident of Bomhama, Kupwara and Nayeem Qadir Bhat son of Ghulam Qadir Bhat resident of Banday Mohalla Handwara, sustained fire-arm injuries. They were evacuated to hospital where they, unfortunately, succumbed to their injuries,” it said, adding the police “regrets the loss of life”.
“A criminal case has been registered in Police Station Handwara and investigation launched to ascertain the facts,” it added.

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