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2 youth hit with bullets as govt forces resort to firing in Shopian village

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Mudasir Maqbool

Shopian: At least two youth suffered bullet injuries when government forces resorted to use of force on youth in Sugan, the native village of Zeenat-ul-Islam, the top Al-Badr commander who was killed along with his associate in Yaipora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district
Reports said that government forces opened fire as second round of funeral for Zeenat-ul-lsam was being prepared at Sugan. The government forces resorted to firing, leading to the injuries to at least two youth who have been admitted to Pulwama hospital. Both youth have bullet injury in the legs, a doctor at the hospital said. Fresh clashes erupted and were going on when reports last came in.
On Saturday, Zeenat-ul-Islam alias Dr Usman and his associate Shakeel Ahmad Dar were caught unawares as Army’s 34 Rashtriya Rifles personnel came in sumo vehicles and cordoned off the kathpora village in Yaripora.
The SOG of J&K Police and the CRPF joined the army before encounter with the hiding militants was established, officials said. There was a brief exchange of fire, leading to the killing of Zeenat-ul-Islam (30), listed in police records as category A++ militant and carried a bounty of Rs 12.5 lakh on his head. (file picture used for illustraion)

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