Published: Mon, May 07, 2018

Five stone pelters killed in Kashmir clashes

Five stone pelters killed in Kashmir clashes

In the clashes that followed, five civilians were killed by the armed forces.

Para commandos of the army were also deployed to help fight the holed-up militants during Sunday's gunfight.

As the freedom fighters and Indian soldiers fought, government forces also fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas at protesters trying to reach the gunbattle site. At the time of filing this report, the official toll of civilians killed in protests during the encounter was four.

Since previous year gun battles between government forces and militants seeking an end to Indian rule in Kashmir have become more frequent, in a region divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both.

A guerilla war and separatist movement is going on in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989.

On Saturday, three rebels were killed in a firefight with security forces in Srinagar during a six-hour confrontation, including a top commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group. Rafi was awarded PhD in August past year. Another three men were killed in shootings the police blamed on rebels.

Supporting the strike call given by JRL, Khan said New Delhi should shun its "barbaric policies" towards Kashmir and that the state government was equally responsible for the worsening situation.

A curfew was ordered in Srinagar on Sunday and mobile internet services were shut down in much of the occupied region.

He has reportedly surrendered before the security forces.

The Indian forces opened fire to break up the protests, director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said.

Kashmir University, where he taught, was ordered closed for two days, according to a university statement.

Official sources said top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saddam Padder and Mohammad Rafi Bhat, an assistant professor in Kashmir University, were among the slain terrorists. "Meanwhile, police made repeated attempts to make the hiding terrorists surrender". We even brought the university teacher's father all the way to Shopian.

The protests and clashes later spread to other areas of the city's old quarters.

"For decades now, Kashmiris have been facing atrocities unleashed by India and its local puppet regimes", the leaders said in a statement.

Opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah said Kashmir issue has to be resolved through sustained dialogue and engagement and the "unabated" civilian killings in the Valley were unacceptable.

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