Srinagar: After seven civilian people died Separatists have called for a strike today in Kashmir valley and over 40 were injured when an explosive shell went off at an encounter site in Kulgam. In an encounter, three terrorists were killed and locals and separatists groups blame the security for the blast. An unexpected and unexploded shell was lying at the site and went off after a house caught fire during the encounter.
All exams have been postponed and schools and colleges in Kashmir are closed today. Services of the train have been suspended in the Kashmir valley.
It has been said that the encounter took place when the clashes between villagers and security forces have occurred. Hence, the Kashmir police are looking to the nature of the explosives used. In addition, an Initial Interrogation has revealed that it could be a rocket-propelled grenade to a motor shell used during the operation.
The Forces have recovered on AK rifle and two pistols from the house but did not clear bits and pieces of the shell that exploded.
After an encounter, a senior officer has admitted that they withdrew from encounter site without sanitizing the area and defusing unexploded shells. The Officer also said that “ We had asked people not to go there but hundreds rushed there and it was when the shell went off. It is our responsibility to clear and sanitize encounter site before we withdraw from there. We are looking into all aspects.”
The security forces could not able to stop the operation and locals civilians keep rushing in at encounter sites despite repeating request to not go in that way. Dilbag Singh, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor K Vijay Kumar and state Police has expressed regret over the loss of civilians.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah express console over Tweeter after the death of civilians.
After an encounter, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted “ To strongly condemn and protest the mayhem unleashed in Kulgam, in which five civilians and three armed youth were killed and scores of others injured, the Joint Resistance Leadership calls for complete calls for a complete shutdown tomorrow. We, Will, hold a protest sit-in at Lal Chowk on Tuesday”