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Dozens injured, blinded after bloody day in Indian Kashmir

04 April 2018

Flash mobs rushing to encounter sites, pelting stones to distract security forces, trying to give trapped terrorists a safe passage and in the process falling prey to bullets and pellets have become tragically commonplace.

Police intervened at Polo View area on Residency Road as traders tried to move towards the headquarters of UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Sonwar area.

Following the deaths of 13 Kashmiri militants and three Indian soldiers in multiple gunfights, more killings took place when thousands of civilians marched in support of the militants; Indian forces were accused of opening fire on unarmed protesters. Of the two, while one was killed in the encounter, the other was captured alive.

He said the leaders will also address a public rally in Shopian.

Earlier on Sunday morning, a militant was killed while another surrendered before forces in Anantnag, the official said.

The army lost three soldiers in Kachudoora - Sepoy Hetram of Sonigasar Godard in Bikaner; Gunner Nilesh Singh of Nagri, in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh; and Gunner Arvinder Kumar of Sariana in Hoshairpur, Punjab.

Also on Monday, doctors and paramedics at the main hospital in Shopian held a sit-in protest against government forces for firing inside the hospital's premises Sunday night when many injured were being treated.

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Contrary to media reports, tourists were not targeted by stone-pelters in the Kashmir Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir police said Tuesday.

Local residents have put the number of injured at over 50.

Over 100 people were injured in the clashes.

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), a premiere trade body of Kashmir, has expressed grief and sorrow over the bloodshed in Shopian and Anantnag. DGP Vaid appealed the local militants to surrender saying, "It is painful to all us of to see the loss of young lives".

In Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi convened a special Cabinet meeting which condemned the killing of "innocent people in Kashmir by the Indian forces", a government statement said.

Mehbooba also paid tributes to three army men killed during these operations and conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

The occupation authorities also continued to suspend internet and train services besides ordering closure of schools and colleges in the Kashmir Valley to stop students from registering their protest against the bloodbath carried out by the troops.

Dozens injured, blinded after bloody day in Indian Kashmir