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Non-local labourer killed in gunfight in Pulwama

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Pulwama, Sep 05: A labourer from Uttar Pradesh was killed Wednesday in exchange of fire between militants and government forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, the police said.

Militants opened fire on a patrol party of 55 RR of Army at Haji Darpora in Litter area of Pulwama, a police official said.

The Army personnel retaliated, leading to a brief gunfight between the two sides, he said.

Arjun Kumar, a 17-year-old labourer, son of Suresh Kumar, hailing from Bareily in Uttar Pradesh, who worked in a brick kiln in Lassipora area along with other family members, was hit by a stray bullet in the head, the official said, adding the injured was rushed to SKIMS hospital in Srinagar for treatment but succumbed to the injuries.

Soon after the exchange of fire, government forces cordoned off the area and launched search operation to track down the militants, the official said.

Talking with ‘Kashmir Images’, SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli said, “The last rites of the deceased will be performed at Lassipora as his family is also here.

Kumar was later cremated at Audoora Nowpora village of Pulwama district.

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