Security forces eliminate12 terrorists, including two involved in the murder of Lt Ummer Fayaz in three encounters in Jammu & Kashmir, 3 army Jawans martyred. The Army, J&K Police and the CRPF said apart from the 13 militants, casualties included three soldiers and 4 civilians. Over dozen civilians have been killed in alleged firing by security forces near the encounter sites this year.
Top security forces officials in Kashmir on Sunday said that anti-militancy operations would continue in the Valley, and again urged local militants to surrender.
Earlier, a suspected militant Rouf Bashir Khanday was killed and his associate Imran Rashid was arrested during an overnight gunfight at Brunty Dialgam in Anantnag district. In second encounter at Sugan Draggad, Shopian, security forces killed seven terrorists which lasted for four hours. Residents claimed that over 100 demonstrators sustained injuries as many of them were hit by bullets and pellets. Hundreds of protesters at both the places pelted rocks on forces to disrupt their anti-militant operations.
The protests that followed the gunbattles in the districts of Shopian and Anantnag prompted authorities to suspend internet services and shut educational institutes across Indian-administered Kashmir indefinitely.
Occupation troops have martyred 17 youth and injured as many as 100 in fresh acts of state terrorism in Shopian and Islamabad districts of occupied Kashmir, according to a Kashmir Media Service (KMS) report. While as one militant in Anantnag encounter surrendered before the forces. Zubair Ahmed, a youth, was injured when security forces opened fire at the protesters.
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"We will tackle the crowd with restraint but won't shy away from taking very strict action", Hassan said.
The officer said two civilians were also killed in the fighting.
While eight of the dead militants were identified as local cadres of Kashmir's largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, troops were still clearing off the rubble of a destroyed house at a third gunbattle site where bodies of three militants were lying, Vaid said.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has also called for a protest shutdown.
Talking about the ground situation, Shopian superintendent of police (SP) A.S. Dinkar told ThePrint that civilians "exposed" themselves to stray bullets by coming out to protest during encounters.
Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid sought to dismiss fears the encounters would stoke another summer of unrest in the Valley.
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the civilian deaths and paid tributes to the slain jawans.
"One was the house owner in Dragad village where the terrorists were holed up and the other was injured in clashes in Kachdoora".