SHOPIAN: A militant injured in a shootout with the army on Thursday night in Shopian was admitted to SKIMS Soura and underwent a surgery, but his condition is said to be critical. It is not clear who brought the militant to the hospital and who conducted the surgery on him. The Medical Superintendent of SKIMS did not respond to calls and messages from this reporter.
The shootout took place near Ahgam village in Shopian district on Thursday night, in which a militant, Asif Ahmad Malik, resident of Krawoora village, was injured, a senior police officer in Shopian told Kashmir Reader. He said that the shootout took place at a mobile check point (MVCP) erected by 44 RR of the army, after they challenged a Maruti Swift car. “The militants inside the car fired on the army, which resulted in a brief exchange of fire. The militants then tried to flee in their car but their vehicle collided with a tree. However, the militants managed to escape,” the police officer said.
After rumours about the killing of militants spread in the area, youths from adjoining villages hit the streets and hurled stones on government forces. The army reportedly fired several shots in the air to disperse the protesters. Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that one youth, Shahid Nazir Bhat, resident of Krawoora, was hit by a bullet in his thigh and was later referred to Bone and Joints Hospital in Barzulla, Srinagar.
Eyewitnesses also said that seven persons were detained by government forces near the site where the exchange of fire took place. The arrested persons were residents of Trapadpora, Krawoora and Pahnoo villages of Shopian, witnesses said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, AS Dinkar, told Kashmir Reader that police were ascertaining the role of the detained persons. “We will share information with you after the investigation,” he said.
When asked about the surgery conducted at SKIMS on the injured militant, Dinkar said, “The injured militant is under treatment at SKIMS. After investigation I will tell you who brought him to hospital.”