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Civilian Killed In J&K’s Redwani Was Hit By A Burst Fired By Terrorists: Security Sources

Ground inputs from security forces dismissed all the accusations pointed at security forces, saying forces on ground in Redwani were making sure that all the civilians remain safe during the cordon.

Redwani encounter
The civilian, Manzoor Lone, was hit when a terrorist fired a burst during the Redwani encounter. (India Ahead Network)

A civilian, who was killed during an anti-terrorist operation in Kashmir’s Kulgam on Friday, was fatally injured in firing by terrorists, sources in the security forces said. The civilian, Manzoor Lone, was hit when a terrorist fired a burst during the Redwani encounter, in which a soldier of the 1 Rashtriya Rifles was also injured. Ground inputs from security forces dismissed all the accusations pointed at security forces, saying forces on ground in Redwani were making sure that all the civilians remain safe during the cordon.

“There were 3 to 4 civilians in a narrow gully where security forces had put a cordon. They were asked to sit down quietly to avoid any injury to them in case any firing takes place. This was when one of the soldiers entering the same gully was fired upon by terrorists, from behind the civilians, critically injuring the Rashtriya Rifles soldier as well as the civilian later identified as Manzoor. The injured soldier did not retaliate owing to presence of civilians,” said sources.

“Before we could evacuate the civilians, the militant fired a burst, it was from the same volley of bullets, Manzoor was hit,” they said.

“There was no protest from the locals against the forces for this killing and this itself testifies that almost everyone was convinced that he was not hit by security forces fire,” a security personnel familiar with the incident said.

Manzoor Lone, a mason, had most likely died of bullet wounds from militants’ fire during a counter insurgency operation in Redwani area.

The sources on ground had also told India Ahead earlier that Manzoor may have been killed in militant firing at the Army when they cordoned off the village. He was caught in the middle, some of his neighbours said.

“While some had reached the spot where Manzoor was laid, most forces were still rushing,” a local had said. They had told India Ahead earlier that even when Army was establishing positions, Manzoor was already injured.

More locals earlier as well had told India Ahead that there was no specific house that forces were targeting, and also there was not any major gunbattle at all.

“The initial firing lasted just six to seven minutes, I guess. Manzoor was already hit even when the army was still arriving,” a neighbour of him had told India Ahead.