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Four civilians, Army trooper killed in Kulgam, militants escape

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Srinagar, : Four civilians and an Army trooper were Wednesday killed in an encounter that raged between forces and militants in Khudwani area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
However, a top police official wishing not be named said that the militants believed to be two in the number who were trapped in the residential house there have managed to flee from the spot.
He divulged that the clashes between the locals and security forces erupt near the encounter site and that helped the militants escape.
In the said encounter, four civilians who were killed during the clashes were identified as Sarjeel Sheikh of Khudwani, Bilal Ah Tantray of Frisal and Faisal Ilahi of Melhoora Shopian and Aijaz Ahmad Palla son of Muhammad Sikandar, a resident of Batpora Khudwani.
Meanwhile, police in a press statement said that one army personnel identified as S. Gunakar Roy, belt No. 16121860/K who was injured in the gunfight succumbed to his injuries.The spokesman said that two more army personnel were injured and shifted to hospital for treatment.
Soon after the news spread in the Valley, students in many colleges and universities across held a protest demonstration on their campuses against the killings of four civilians in Khudwani village of Kulgam district.
In south Kashmir, the students of Islamic University held a protest demonstration against the civilian killings in Kashmir’s Kulgam District.
“Scores of students on Wednesday, shouting anti-India and Pro-freedom slogans assembled inside the campus and help a protest demonstration,” reports said.
In north Kashmir, Degree College Baramulla, Handawara, Baramulla, Bandipora and Sumbal held a massive protest demonstration outside their colleges to protest against the civilian killings.
Protests erupted in Degree College Baramulla after students took on roads staging a protest against civilian killings in South Kashmir.
Police swung into action and charged the students to disperse the protestors, the students shouting slogans hurled stones at police in which SHO Baramulla Khalid Ahmed sustained head injuries and he has been shifted to Srinagar.
SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussian Mir confirmed that SHO Baramulla Khalid Ahmad had a head injury (Probably Skull Fracture) in stone pelting incident at Degree College Baramulla.
Shifted to SKIMS for special treatment and he is stable.
In Srinagar, the students of Kashmir University assembled outside the history department and held a protest against the civilian killings.
In the overall clashes that erupted at various places, dozens of protesters sustained injuries who were either taken to the hospital for treatment or were treated locally, witnesses informed vov.
Meanwhile, in the evening reports of protests were received from various places during which slogans in favour of freedom were raised.

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