On Monday morning, a dozen villages were cordoned off by security forces in order to nab the militants. According to the additional director general of police (ADGP), militants and government forces had a face-off thrice on Monday during a daylong search operation in several villages of Pulwama. Each time, militants managed to escape.
However, there were clashes between the youth and the security forces at many places and in retaliation, a youth was shot dead at Chewa Kalan village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district during clashes that erupted after a massive Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched in over a dozen villages.
The deceased was later identified as Fayaz Ahmad Wani, 26, son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani, of Chewa Kalan who was critically injured after the government forces fired at him during clashes which, as per locals, erupted in the village when some youth pelted stones at the government forces.
According to locals, in the neighbouring Gusoo village, a massive anti-militancy operation was launched jointly by Army, paramilitary CRPF and J&K Police Monday morning. As the youth pelted stones, the government forces fired bullets and one of which hit Fayaz in the head near the earlobe.
The injured youth was first shifted to the District Hospital Pulwama, but seeing his critical condition, the doctors referred the victim to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) in Srinagar where doctors declared him as ‘brought dead’.
The victim’s body was taken to his native village in the afternoon where a large number of people participated in his funeral and the youth raised anti-Indian and pro-freedom slogans. Later on, he was buried at his village graveyard.
Fayaz, a post-graduate in English subject, was working in a private pathology laboratory in Pulwama. He was the youngest among siblings, leaves behind his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
A senior police official said they had registered an FIR in this incident and were ascertaining facts.
Earlier, Monday morning the Army, paramilitary CRPF and Police launched a massive search operation in over a dozen villages including Bellov, Kuchepora, Dadoora, Shangharpora, Murran, Mitrigam, Putrigam, Rohmu, Fresipora and Gusoo. During searches, clashes were reported from Murran and Chewa Kalan, a neighbouring village of Gusoo.