March 2017 News

3 Ultras Die In J&K Encounter, Stray Bullet Kills 11-year-old

15 March 2017
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and a civilian were killed during an encounter in north Kashmir's Kupwara on Wednesday. A police official said militants fired upon a search party during an anti-militancy operation launched in Jugtiyal, Hyhama, Kupwara, over 90 km north of Srinagar. 'Security forces returned fire, leading to the encounter. Three LeT militants were killed. Their identity is being ascertained,' said the official. The operation was jointly carried out by the Army's 41 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF's 98 Battalion. Three weapons were also recovered from the slain militants. An 11-year-old girl, Kaneeza, and a boy, Faisal, were injured 'as stray bullets hit them.' The minors were injured more than 100 metres away from the site, according to the police. 'Later, the girl succumbed to her injuries. The boy has been referred to Srinagar and his condition is stable so far,' he said. Condemning the killing of the girl, Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, 'The incident is yet another worst example of state terrorism. It indicates how the government forces enjoy impunity to kill Kashmiris under the garb of combating insurgents.' Warning that such incidents will 'have extremely dangerous consequences', the Mirwaiz appealed to 'the international human rights bodies and influential nations around the globe to take serious notice of it.' Meanwhile, to ensure that the militants do not derail the election process in J&K, 54 more companies will be deployed in the twin Lok Sabha constituencies of Srinagar and Anantnag for the coming by-polls