Condemning the killing of the civilians, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Another blood-soaked weekend in Kashmir. 6 protestors killed, 1 solider killed in the line of duty. Together with the 3 militants from this morning’s encounter that’s 10 dead. Reports of many injured at the encounter site. What a horrible day!”
“Six civilians killed and numerous more injured, many critically. Any way you look at it this was a badly executed encounter. Protests around encounter sites are now the norm, not the exception. Why are we unable to learn how to handle them better?” he added.
Abdullah also lashed out at governor Satya Pal Malik for failing to protect the lives of civilians.
The administration of Governor Malik has one task & one task only – to focus on the security of the people of J&K &… https://t.co/XGTY3jIuOE
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) 1544859350000
The former chief minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti, too, questioned the credibility of the governor’s rule in the state as she extended her condolences to the bereaved family members.
No probe enough to bring back the dead innocent civilians.South Kashmir has been reeling under fear for the last 6… https://t.co/MSPmNm996V
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) 1544859146000
Former DGP Shesh Paul Vaid expressed his anguish at the killings of the civilians.
“Anguished at the loss of lives of civilians in an encounter in Pulwama. Continued instigation by terrorists and their masters across, for the civilians to reach the encounter site and disrupt the operation by stone pelting leads to loss of precious lives. Terrible,” Vaid said.
Anguished at the loss of lives of civilians in an encounter in Pulwama. Continued instigation by terrorists and the… https://t.co/VmAsgj0JDF
— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) 1544856932000
Earlier in the day, a security personnel was killed and three terrorists were gunned down following an encounter in the district.
The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Sirnoo village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday morning after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, an Army official said.
The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists opened fire on the security personnel.
Three terrorists and a soldier were killed in the encounter, he said.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was not known yet.
Massive clashes broke out between youths and the security forces in the area following the encounter.