Minutes after police said that “three militants were killed in a shootout” in Srinagar, eyewitnesses have claimed that “three boys were taken out from a car and shot dead on the street”.
In a viral video, eyewitnesses claim that the three were “unarmed and were shot dead by the armed forces in front of us”.
Witnesses have also alleged that the trio was dragged down from a vehicle and shot dead.
Soon after the incident took place, locals gathered near the spot and claimed the killed men were “innocent”. The crowd shouted slogans and protests were reported from the spot.
In another viral video, wailing women can also be seen saying that they “witnessed a group of policemen”.
One of the protesting women in a video said that Kashmiris have “no idea about the events unfolding around them.”
“We are helpless people,” she lamented, “how long will this go on?”
Another woman said, “have we raised our children to get killed on the streets like this? How long do we [Kashmirs] have to face this?”
However, police on its official Twitter handle has said that three militants were killed in the shoot-out.
Inspector-General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar has said that “one of three militants killed in the gunfight at Rambagh here has been identified as top commander of TRF, Mehran”.
The IGP said that police were after him for a long time especially after his name came up in connection with the killing of two teachers and other civilians.
“Identification of others is being ascertained,” he said.