Anantnag: At least two people were injured on Thursday in Bamnoo area of Pulwama district after an unexploded shell went off at the site of the encounter carried out on July 3 by government forces.
Local sources said that people were working to clear the debris of houses blasted to the ground in the encounter when the explosion took place.
The injured have been identified as 14-year-old Muzammil Khan, son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Khan of Bamnoo, and 25-year-old Umar Khan, son of Abdul Rashid Khan of Pakherpora village in Pulwama district.
“Muzammil had an injury to his hand while Umar had injuries to his legs, abdomen and chest,” a doctor at SDH Kellar told Kashmir Reader.
He said that after being administered first aid, the injured have been shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment.
He said the injured were stable, though.
The encounter in Bamnoo had taken place on July 3 and was concluded on July 4 with the killing of three militants.
More than four houses were razed to the ground in intense bombardment by the government forces.
Police sources told Kashmir Reader that the encounter site could only be partly sanitised so far, given the deterioration in the law and order situation.
“The police faced intense stone-throwing soon after the encounter was concluded,” the source said.
Confirming the incident, Pulwama SP Chaudhry Aslam told Kashmir Reader that the site could not be properly sanitised given its location.
“The houses are located on an elevated land, and bulldozers could not be employed to clean the site of left-over explosives,” Aslam said.
There have been several such cases in the past as well, where people have been severely injured after unexploded shells went off at the site of an encounter.
On February 26 2015, at least five people were injured, including a seven-year-old girl, after an unexploded shell blasted at an encounter site in Heff Shirmal area of Shopian district.
As in today’s case, people had assembled at the site to clear it of debris.