Indian forces kill three people in Kashmir

Gunmen and Indian forces clash for hours after Kashmiri boy killed by bullet which locals say security forces fired

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A gunfight erupted in the Kulgam district of India-held Kashmir, police said on Monday, after a young Kashmiri was killed by a "stray bullet" that the locals blamed on Indian security forces.

Police said two “militants” were killed following the gunfight which lasted hours and two soldiers were injured.

According to the Indian army, the encounter happened when a joint team of police and army launched a search operation in the Redwani Bala village and "holed up militants" opened fire.

But the residents say the clash was triggered by the death of Asif Ahmad Tantray, who was hit by a “stray bullet” near the area earlier. Locals said the innocent young boy was killed by Indian security forces in "cold blood," angering the Kashmiris.

The gunfight happened during the protests against this killing, a local said. Indian media reported that tensions were still high in the area where clashes between protesters and security forces continued.

Because of the ongoing tension, Indian forces suspended the operation during the night, Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, India accused Pakistan of "unprovoked firing" at the Kashmiri border to its positions on Monday.

A senior Indian police officer said Pakistani forces used small automatic weapons to fire on Border Security Force outposts in R.S. Pura sector, near the Gharana Wetland Bird Reserve, which is hosting migratory birds during the winter.

No casualties or damages were reported and Pakistan has not made any statement on the claim.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, and the two countries have fought over the region since the partition of India in 1947.

Since 1989, different Kashmiri groups have been fighting for independence or unification with neighbouring Pakistan against Indian rule.

More than 100,000 Kashmiri people have been killed under the occupation, with thousands of people disappearing or being jailed.

TRTWorld and agencies