Srinagar: Several videos of Tuesday’s clashes between local youth and government forces at the encounter site in Chadoora were circulated on social media showing paramilitary troops being pelted with stones. The videos began to be shared and posted online since early morning when the gunfight started in the area.
One video, which starts with a loud thud, shows the house in which the militants are holed up coming under massive gunfire. Thick smoke is seen billowing out of the house in the video. Another video showed scores of local youth throwing stones at police and paramilitary troops, close to the house from within which the militants were fighting.
Other videos showed youth carrying the injured on their shoulders through a field.
During the 10-hour-long gun battle, several videos were recorded and shared. In some videos, locals are providing live commentary on the incidents near the site.
After the encounter ended with the killing of a militant, many locals are seen, in another video, assembled at the encounter site, raising pro-freedom slogans and taking pictures of the destroyed house.
At least three civilians were killed when government forces opened fire on protesters near the encounter site. The killed civilians were identified as Ishfaq Ahmad of Rangreth area, and Zahid Rashid and Aamir Fayaz, both residents of Chadoora. Nearly 17 others were reported to have been injured.
Another video that surfaced on Tuesday and was shared widely was of a scene in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area near Jahangir Chowk. In the video, apparently the family of the Rangreth youth killed in the Chadoora protests is seen scuffling with policemen and accusing them of ‘snatching away’ the slain youth’s body.
The video recording of incidents near encounter sites is not new to Kashmir. Similar videos have earlier been posted from encounter sites in Kulgam’s Frisal area.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir told Reader that such videos pose a security threat and they will be ‘examined’. “We will take necessary action, including legal action, against people who make or upload these videos,” he said.