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Civilian injured at Sirhama encounter site succumbs

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NC expresses outrage; says, govt has failed to protect civilian lives

Srinagar: A civilian, who was injured in an explosion at an encounter site in Anantnag district of south Kashmir last week, succumbed to injuries on Monday, police said.

Yaseen Rather and three others sustained injuries when a shell exploded in the debris of a house at Sirhama on Thursday where two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces, a police official said.

Rather succumbed to injuries at SMHS Hospital here, the official said.

Meanwhile, National Conference on Monday expressed grief and outrage over the death of a civilian, who was injured after an explosive substance went off in the debris of a house razed during a military operation in Sirhama area of south Kashmir.

In a statement party’s South zone president Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri said that it was heart wrenching to see innocent people being devoured at such gun-battle sites.

“We are pained to hear about the unfortunate death of a civilian. I express solidarity with the bereaved family and demand a thorough inquiry into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate civilian death. There are several others who are in hospitals with fatal injuries. I pray for fast recuperation of all those,” he said.

“The incident cannot be justified at the preface of collateral damage. Proper adherence to required SOPs and other sanitization measures is not being ensured on the spot which results in unfortunate loss of lives and fatal injuries to scores of civilians besides damaging the civilian properties. It is the duty of the government to ensure safety and security of the citizenry,” he said.

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