Indian army kills two civilians in Kashmir


By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir

Irfan Nabi Ganie
Irfan Nabi Ganie

Two civilians were killed in firing by Indian Army in Sumbal area of Bandipore district of Indian-controlled Kashmir- 25 kilometres from here, late last night during a cordon operation.

Sources told The Kashmir Walla that the Army had laid a cordon in Markandal and during which a civilian was killed. Soon after the killing, protests erupted in the area and another civilian was killed when Army opened fire on the protesters, at early morning.

The two youths have been identified as 18-year-old Irfan Nabi Ganie son of Ghulam Nabi and Irshad Ahmad Dar, above 25, son of Ghulam Mohidin Dar.

The bodies have been brought to Srinagar for post-mortem. Situation in area is tense as people took to streets to protest. Senior police and civil officials have rushed to the spot. Senior Superintendent of Police Bandipora, Bashir Ahmed Khan, and five civilians were injured in the clashes between Police, paramilitary forces and the protesters in  the area.

Meanwhile, the pro-freedom group Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for complete shutdown on Monday against the killings.

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