Over 50 protestors were injured in South Kashmir's Kulgam district, following clashes that erupted after an encounter between security forces and militants on Wednesday, May 29. Six protestors sustained grievous injuries, four of whom have been referred to Srinagar.
"Over 50 protesters were injured in the clashes as the security forces used tear smoke and pellet gunshots to disperse the unruly mob," an official said reportedly.
Dozens of protestors broke into the cordoned site, pelting stones at the security personnel as the gunfight between security forces and militants became severe. The militants are said to have managed an escape during the clash between protestors and security forces.
The encounter between security forces and militants broke out in the Tazipura area of the district on early Wednesday morning. One terrorist was reportedly killed in the gunfight, while around three were believed to be trapped in.
Mobile internet services have been suspended in the area, as a precautionary measure.
The security forces, including Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Search Operation Group (SOG) of the state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) carried out a cordon and search operation. Upon intensification of the operation, the holed up militants opened fire on the security forces, which triggered the encounter.
Meanwhile, in Jammu, two suspected Pakistani spies were arrested while shooting videos and photographs outside an Army camp.
These incidents come a day after an encounter broke out in Kokernag area of Anantnag district on Tuesday, during which two militants were killed and their arms and ammunition confiscated by the security forces.
(Inputs from agencies)