In the view of prevailing law and order situation, train services throughout the Jammu and Kashmir valley will remain suspended on March 29, reported ANI. The suspension decision has been taken in the wake of Chadoora civilian killings. Some separatist leaders in Kashmir Valley including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik have called for the complete shutdown of the railway services. The leaders have criticised the action taken by the security forces in the Chadoora village where three youth were killed during clashes. Several political leaders of the state have also asked people to hold protests after Friday prayers against the killings.
In a report published by India Today website, three youths were killed in Zuin village of Chadoora in Budgam district after clashes between security forces and protesters erupted. The encounter also led to the injury of 40 CRPF and 20 Jammu and Kashmir Police officials. As per reports, the during the initial firing, one youth Zahid Rashid Ganie succumbed to injuries. The second death happened soon after Saqib Ahmad of Wathoora was shot in the forces’ firing. He was declared dead as soon as he was attended by the doctors at SDH Chadoora.
Another youth Ishfaq Ahmad, who was a resident of Rangreth, later succumbed to injuries at the SMHS hospital taking the death toll to three. This was highest civilian causality near any encounter site this year. Apart from civilians, one militant was shot dead and one jawan was hurt during the encounter. It is reported that nearly 17 more civilians sustained minor injuries during the clashes.
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Later the forces burnt up the house where the militant was holed up. Armed of the militants were also recovered from the spot. The encounter took place on March 28, between militants and the security forces in Kashmir’s Budgam district. The incident took place days after two militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen were killed in during an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.