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Dozens injured in clashes in Kulgam; one critical

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Anantnag, Jul 23: Over two dozen people were injured, one of them critically, in clashes with the government forces during a cordon-and-search-operation in Lone Mohalla area of Khudwani in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday.

Reports said that youth took to streets and clashed with the government forces which had launched a search operation in the area following inputs about the presence of militants.

They said that forces fired tear-gas and pellets to chase away the protesters who were trying to disrupt the search operation.

A teenager Raqib Ahmad Wagay was hit by a tear-gas shell in his head. He was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag wherefrom he was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment, said a health official.

Sources at Sub-District Hospital Qaimoh confirmed that 26 persons with pellet injuries were brought to the facility for treatment. Six with pellet injuries in eyes were referred to District Hospital Anantnag, they said.

A shutdown was being observed in the village against the killings of three militants in a gunfight in Wani Mohalla yesterday.

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