Clashes erupt during cordon and search operation in Kulgam, more than 20 injured, teenager critical

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Clashes erupted between armed forces and youth in Lone mohalla of Khudwani area in Kulgam district after forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

At least 26 people have been injured including a teenager who is said to be critical.

Reports said that youth took to streets and clashed with the forces which had launched a CASO in the area following inputs about the presence of militants. Forces fired tear gas and pellets to chase away the protesters who were trying to disrupt the search operation.

The critical teenager identified as Raqib Ahmad Wagay  was hit by a tear gas shell in his head. He was taken to district hospital Anantnag where from he was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment.

Sources at sub-district hospital Qaimoh told Greater Kashmir that twenty-five 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.

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