Srinagar: Clashes broke out between civilians and security forces in parts of Srinagar city after the killing of three militants in a gunfight in Zadibal area on Sunday.
As the news about the death of three militants in an encounter with security forces at Zadibal spread across the city, scores of youth took to streets at various places in Noushera and Soura.
However, when the protesting youth pelted stones on government forces, security forces deployed there burst tear gas shells to disperse them.
The protests were still going on in some areas when the reports last came in.
The three militants as per the police killed in the Srinagar gunfight on Sunday were identified as Shakoor Farooq Langoo of Bharthana Srinagar and Shahid Ahmad Bhat of Semthan Bijbehara area of Anantnag district saying the identity of the third militant was being ascertained.
The trio were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen and ISJK militant organisations and were killed in a gunfight this morning in Zadibal area of Srinagar where forces earlier launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of militants in the area, Police said.
Police said the trio was repeatedly appealed to surrender through family members and community members of the area “but instead they started firing indiscriminately upon search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter”.
In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter, police said.
The Police statement said that forces “showed patience and exercised utmost restraint, thereby ensured a clean operation with no collateral damage in an otherwise highly congested and densely populated area of city Srinagar”.
It said that incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.
It said the dead bodies of the killed militants have been sent to Handwara and Baramulla in north Kashmir for burial in view the COVID-19 pandemic and the nearest family members of the slain shall also participate in their last rites at Handwara and Baramulla.