20 Injured After Forces Clamp Down On Protesters In south Kashmir; Thousands Attend Funeral Of Six Militants

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 26: At least 20 persons were injured after government forces used live ammunition, pellets and tear gas to break up protests in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam districts where four militants, killed in a gunfight yesterday, were laid to rest on Friday.

Reports said that youth clashed with government forces at Anantnag, Redwani, Arwani, Wanpora, Khudwani, Bijbehara, Hawora-Mishpora, Watoo Aharbal and Damhal Hanjipora areas in the district.

“We received five injured persons. Out of them, three had pellet wounds in the body and two had firearm injuries in their legs,” Medical Superintendent Anantnag Dr Abdul Majeed Mehrab told GNS.

He said that all the injured have been referred to Srinagar hospitals for advanced treatment.

A doctor at sub-district hospital Bijbehara said that two injured persons including one with pellet injuries and another firearm leg were received at the hospital.

An official from Kulgam said that at least 13 persons were injured in clashes in parts of Kulgam including Redwani.

Among them, the official said, three received bullet wounds and were referred to Srinagar hospital.

Reports of clashes were also received from parts of Baramulla including Old Town Baramulla, Bag-i-Islam, Brat Kalan Sopore and its adjoining areas.

Six militants were killed in separate gunfights yesterday at Arwani in Anantnag and Kreeri in Baramulla were laid to rest.

Four militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen –Sahir Makroo of Arwani, Owais Ahmad Lone from Hawora-Mishpora area of Kulgam, Muzamil Magray of Watoo Aharbal and Amir Tantray of Damhal Hanjipora Kulgam –were killed in a gunfight with the forces in Khar mohalla of Arwani last night.

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Two militants, Minhajul Mohiuddin son of Ghulam Mohiuddin resident of Brath Kalan Sopore and Aqeel Rashid Sofi (17) son of Abdul Rashid Sofi of Khanpora, Baramulla, were killed in a gunfight with forces in Kreeri village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday.

Thousands of people attended their funerals in respective villages on Friday and were laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans, reports said.

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