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Militant killed in Shopian encounter


Kashmiri protesters run after Indian police fired teargas shells and pellets during the funeral procession for Qaiser Hamid, 16, in Srinagar on November 5, 2016. The teenager died in hospital in Srinagar on November 4, after alleged torture by police while in custody. His death sparked protests which resulted in clashes between Kashmiri residents and Indian security forces. More than 90 civilians have been killed and thousands injured during rising violence amid protests against Indian rule in Kashmir, sparked by the killing on July 8 of a popular rebel leader during a gunfight with Indian soldiers. Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence from British rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in full. / AFP PHOTO / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA

Many injured as fresh protest rocks Srinagar 

Srinagar : A militant was on Saturday killed and a soldier injured as an encounter broke out between ultras and security forces after the latter launched a search operation in a village in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police said.

Police assisted by security forces cordoned off Dobjan village, 60 kms from here, after getting information about presence of four militants there, a police official said. He said as the security forces moved to the target house, hiding militants resorted to firing in an attempt to break the cordon. The security forces retaliated the fire. One militant was killed and a soldier injured, the official said.  A fierce gunbattle was going on when the last reports were received, he said.

Srinagar At least a dozen of persons were injured on Saturday when security forces clashed with a group of protesting mourners carrying the body of a teenager who died in a hospital here the previous night amid conflicting reports about the cause of his death, reports IANS.

Qaisar Ahmed, 16, was brought to the hospital on October 28 in an unconscious state. His family alleged he bore torture marks when he was found a day after he went missing from his home in the Shalimar area on the outskirts of Srinagar city.

However, police claimed that the boy had consumed poison. Ahmed died around 10 p.m. Friday.

His body was taken in a procession on Saturday morning for a funeral at the martyrs graveyard in the Eidgah area of old Srinagar city. A police spokesman said some angry protesters from the procession threw stones at security forces, resulting in a clash. Police used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the angry protesters, causing injuries to over a dozen civilians and security men.