Kulgam encounter, aftermath: Police version

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The Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday said that six civilians were killed in the aftermath of the encounter in South Kashmir’s Laroo area of Kulgam district.

In a statement issued here a police spokesman said, “In Kulgam encounter while three militants of JeM terror outfits were killed , in the aftermath of the encounter when a large congregation entered the encounter site before it was cleared  led to an explosion in which six people died,” he said.

He identified the slain militants as   Shahid Ahmad Tantary S/o Ab. Rashid Tantary R/o Wangam Shopian,  Zubair Ahmad Lone S/o Manzoor Ahmad Lone R/o Ahwatoo Kulgam and Yazil Ahmad Makroo S/o Mushtaq Ahmad R/o Arwani Bijbehara.  Adding that  arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot.

Further adding that after the conclusion of encounter as the forces moved out, the locals from the area started assembling at the site of encounter and had apparently fiddled with some stray explosive materials leading to an explosion.

Consequently some individuals  sustained grievous injuries and some of the injured identified as Ubaid Shah, Tajamul, Irshad Ahmad Padder, Uzair Ahmad & Masroor Ahmad unfortunately succumbed when brought to hospitals, besides five other injured are undergoing treatment, “It is pertinent to mention that this incident occurred post encounter,” the spokesman said.

The police also requested people to not visit encounter site until it is sanitized, “Citizens are requested not to visit any encounter site until the site is sanitized by the bomb disposal team. We seek cooperation of people in this regard for avoiding accidents of such nature,”

Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation has been initiated.

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