Kashmir rebels, civilian killed during anti-India clashes

07 May, 2018, 12:05 | Author: Edward Snyder
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       	        Rahiba R. Parveen         5 May 2018

Kashmir University assistant professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat who is among five Hizbul Mujahideen cadres killed in a fire fight with security forces in southern Shopian district on Sunday had gone missing suddenly on Friday, leaving his parents, friends, colleagues and students a anxious lot.

On Sunday 6 May, the gunfight in Badigam village of south Kashmir's Shopian district ended with the killing of five militants, and five civilians. "Well done boys - Army/ CRPF/J&K Police", DGP S P Vaid tweeted.

"Four other civilians were killed when forces fired upon the protesters while moving out from the gunfight area as roads were closed and it came under barrage of stones".

The Times of India report also mentioned that the security forces tried convincing the academic turned terrorist to give up the gun and return through his family members, but professor Bhat refused to surrender and give in.

The slain militants were identified as Saddam Paddar, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Tawseef Sheikh, Molvi Bilal, Adil Ahmad and Muhammad Rafi Bhat, the professor who according to police had joined militant ranks. A soldier of the 44 RR of the Army and Anil Kumar, a policeman were injured during the encounter.

He said incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, have been seized from the encounter site.

Todays encounter in Badigam comes within 24 hours of a swift police operation in Chattabal area of the city in which three Lashker-e-Taiba militants were gunned down.

Police and residents say scores of people have been injured during intense clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir while government forces battle a group of rebels in a village.

Three security personnel were injured and were undergoing treatment at a hospital, officials said. "I appeal the youth that their energies, youthfulness, dreams and aspirations are far more important and sacred to the society than their dead bodies or graves", she said. Police made repeated attempts to make these terrorists to surrender. "It has brought to the fore the stark fact that the gun, either that of a militant or that of security forces, is no solution..."

In a statement, the business fraternity said that Kashmir was a dispute and needs to be resolved for sustainable peace in the subcontinent. Last year, at least 29 civilians were killed and hundreds were wounded during such clashes.

Meanwhile, a senior government official said that restrictions will be imposed in sensitive parts across as a precautionary measure in Kashmir Valley tomorrow.



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