Srinagar, Dec 19: Two militants were killed in the nocturnal gunfight that began late last evening after forces launched a search operation on a tip-off at Batmurran village of Shopian South Kashmir.
A lady civilian was also killed Tuesday morning when forces launched a search operation to look for third militant believed to be hiding in the area. A number of youth with bullet and pellet injuries were shifted to Srinagar for treatment.
At least twenty people most youth among three were hit by bullets near the site of gunfight in the clashes that erupted in Batmurran village after the nocturnal gunfight that began late last evening in which two militants were killed.
Reports reaching Kashmir News Bureau that government forces resorted to firing and teargas shells to disperse the protesters near the site of the gunfight soon after the news of the killing of a civilian lady spread.
The slain lady was identified as Ruby Jan aka Beauty (24), wife of Manzoor Ahmad, was hit by a bullet in her abdomen during clashes. She was rushed to a hospital but succumbed on way.
Two JeM militants were identified as Tanveer Ahmad from Bata Murran Shopian and Ali @Qari, a foreigner. Two AK rifles and other allied ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.
According to the police the duo were involved in recent attack on the vehicle of J&K Bank near Poju Shopian on 11th of December 2017 in which two bank guards were killed.
Meanwhile dozens of injured youth were shifted to SMHS Hospital Srinagar for treatment, sources said that a youth hit by pellet in critical condition was shifted to SKIMS.
Pertinently, with the killing of Beauty Jan, the death toll of civilians in the government action mounts to three in last two weeks. Earlier Misra Bano and Asif Iqbal were killed in North Kashmir in forces action. KNB