Girl injured in security force firing in south Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 14 (UNI) A girl was injured when security forces opened fire to disperse hundreds of people, including women and chidren, who were protesting at a south Kashmir village against the presence of surrendered militants working with different security agencies.

Official sources said the trouble started when a group of surrendered militants, also known as ''Ikwanis,'' gate crashed into some houses in village Shergund Utraso this afternoon.

The 'Ikwanis' allegedly ransacked the houses and threatened the inmates not to join any procession in future.

Following this, the villagers overpowered them and handed them over to local police.

The villagers alleged that, to their shock, the 'Ikwanis' were released immediately and it evoked massive protests by them.

As the people, including men, women and children were protesting against the police and 'Ikwanis', police opened fire on them.

The sources said, a girl identified as Masrat Jan was injured and was referred to hospital in Srinagar in a critical condition.

The villagers were demanding that all 'Ikwanis' should be disarmed immediately and prevented from entering houses.

They alleged that the 'Ikwanis' were indulging in extortion and harassment of people.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and several other organisations have expressed their concern over the reactivation of 'Ikwanis' who were disbanded alongwith the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police during the Mufti Mohammad Syed rule as a Chief Minister.

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