Violent protests rock north Kashmir’s Handwara, 3 injured

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Baramulla: At least three people have been injured in the clashes between protesters and government forces in a village in Handwara, where a fierce encounter broke out this morning.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that violent protests erupted in Shotgund village when the residents hit the streets and offered resistance over the conduct of anti-militancy operation in the area. Angry protesters hurled rocks at the government forces to disrupt the search operation.

The government forces burst tear gas canisters and fired pellets to break up the pro-freedom demonstrators, witnesses said, adding “ The forces fired live ammunition after failing to chase protesters with tear smoke shells and pellets,”

Witnesses said that at least six people were injured in the clashes.

However, a senior doctor at the district hospital Handwara confirmed to Kashmir Reader that only three people were brought to the hospital for treatment.

“Two people were hit with pellets while another has been hit by a bullet in his leg. Two of the three injured have been referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” the doctor said.