The Protests flamed in Kashmir’s Kulgam District after a 10-hour long Gunbattle on Sunday in which four terrorists were killed along with one civilian and two soldiers.
The police used both bullets and Pellets at the crowds killing another Man and injuring Over 20 others.
Thousands of people came out to protest the encounter in which according to army four terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed, but according to civilian killed were all local men.
Top army sources said a group of seven terrorists had gathered for a meeting in one of the civilian’s house and three managed to escape with one of them was injured after security forces struck the hideout late last night.
Brigadier R Chakraborty, a senior Army officer, said “This is for the first time that we saw terrorists take a civilian hostage. We went into the house to save the civilian and to launch our operation”.
After the encounter ended, huge crowds of protesters came out to protest the death of the locals. Last year, Police was criticised for using the lethal pellet guns, but this time they used bullets.
SP Vaid, the Director General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir told,”Police didn’t allow protesters to break the cordon and go to the spot of the encounter. That triggered stone-pelting in the first place. Subsequently, there was stone-pelting. Bullets and pellets used to disperse the protesters”.