Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief over the death of two civilians at Anantnag during a military operation on Saturday.
During the encounter, clashes erupted between government forces and locals in which two civilians were killed. Police claimed that a 41-year old woman identified as Tahira died in ‘crossfire’.
However the locals said that she was killed after forces opened fire on the protesters who were marching towards the encounter site.
Terming the deaths as tragic and unfortunate the Chief Minister made an appeal to the people and asked them to keep away from the points of conflict, so that precious human lives are not lost.
Mehbooba said the vicious cycle of death and destruction confronting Kashmir must end at the earliest, and efforts should be made at all levels to revive the peace and reconciliation process for the larger good of the people sandwiched in a gory situation.
“We in Jammu and Kashmir understand better what the ordeal of violence is, as it has been our fate to live through and survive its frightening and devouring hazards,” she said.
She added that for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, suffering over two decades of turmoil, has been a long, dark experience, bloody at times and frustrating at almost every step. “This gory era must end now for the sake of our future generations,” she said.
Meanwhile, during intense clashes that ensued during the encounter more than 20 people sustained pellet injuries and were treated at PHC Breinthi.