Dialgam encounter: One civilian dead, three injured

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SRINAGAR: Three more civilians with bullet injuries were rushed to the district hospital in Islamabad and one of them was referred to Srinagar for treatment, reports said. All the three are out of danger, doctors said.

The injured were identified as Aaquib Teli, Yasir Ahmad and Tariq Ahmad. Tariq has a bullet injury impacting his lower jaw and the doctors have shifted him to Srinagar for specialized treatment.

The ambulance carrying the injured to Srinagar was intercepted by a posse of police and paramilitary in Bejbehara, attendents alleged. They said the driver and the attendents were beaten by them.

Auqib and Yasir have injuries in their legs and are being treated locally.

Residents accompanying the injured told Kashmir Life that when the cordon started, there were huge arguments between the soldiers and a group of youth. “Then suddenly some stone landed on the spot and soldiers opened fire,” one of the attendants said. “Soldiers opened fire and killed the lady from point blank.” Later, the angry youth rushed towards the apple orchards surrounding the houses in cordon wherefrom they were shouting slogans.”

The counter insurgent forces have expanded the cordon. Initially it involved specific locality but now it has been expanded to the entire locality.

Incidentally, however, the families living in the two houses where militants are holed up have not come out so far. The police and army have made various announcements asking the families to come out bt they have not obliged them so far.

Top police officials have said that the militants have kept the families hostage. Bt the locals in the hospital suggest it could be voluntary as well because the families might not be leaving their homes for the fear that they will get destroyed in the encounter. Army has stopped firing and staus quo continues.

(Pictures used in this news item lack a direct relevance)

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