Kashmir on boil as six killed in gunfight

Hope Soto
March 7, 2018

Following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen's militant commander Burhan Wani, hundreds of youth have joined militant ranks from these four districts.

Clashes were also reported from Anantnag at K.P. Road between students and police.

"We will investigate if the killed youth had any affiliation with militant outfits", said Director General of Police S.P. Vaid, while making an appeal to people "to maintain calm".

The government has ordered the suspension of the internet in Kashmir to prevent the situation from flaring up.

In view of heightening tensions, curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in several Shopian areas. "Similarly, no train will chug on the Srinagar-Badgam line in central Kashmir to Baramulla in the north", a railway official briefed the media. Also, the three OGWs/ accomplices in the auto who were accompanying the terrorist were found dead.

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The Army had said on Sunday night that four people including a militant belonging to LeT were killed in retaliatory fire after a mobile check-post came under attack in Shopian's Pahnoo village.

They were identified as Suhail Khaleel Wagay of Pinjoora, Mohammad Shahid Khan of Malikgund and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay of Trenz of Shopian.

The body of another terrorist was recovered early Monday morning from an orchard at Saidapora, some 12 kilometers away from the encounter site as well.

Lone, sources said, was found dead behind the wheel of his auto. As per directions Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, scores of leaHurriyat activists staged a protest in Hyderpora area of Srinagar and protested against the killings. Local residents and family members of those killed have maintained that the victims were civilians. All the schools and colleges have been closed while exams which were scheduled for Monday have been postponed. Security forces recovered weapons from the suspected militants and then carried out cordon and search operations in the district. Bhat was resident of Rakpora. Anger spread across South Kashmir as thousands shouted slogans and joined the last rites of those killed. "These individuals were accompanying the terrorists and were overground workers", the Army said. The Army troops, in self-defence, responded with fire. The circular issued by the government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stated that educational institutions will resume their functioning from Thursday.

The wave of civilian killings that became the defining feature of 2016 and 2017 had started to ebb in the Valley, and the embattled state government led by the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, hoping for a peaceful summer in 2018, had changed nearly the entire top brass of security in south Kashmir in order to restore confidence among the people.

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