Anti-India Protests In Kashmir Follow Reported Killing Of Rebels

Casey Dawson
May 7, 2018

Hundreds of villagers, shouting slogans eulogizing militants and demanding an end to Indian rule over the disputed region, threw rocks at Indian troops in a bid to help rebels who were trapped in a house in southern Shopian area, police said.

While the effort was underway, the police learnt about the presence of a group of militants in a private house in Badigam village of Shopian.

A policeman and a soldier of 44 Rashtriya Riffles were also injured in the encounter.

He served as an assistant professor for little more than a year at Kashmir University where he completed his PhD last year.

One of the five slain militants killed was Dr Mohammad Rafi Bhat, who was an Assistant Professor in the KU before joining the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit recently. "We gave them time, but they didn't surrender", said Shalinder Mishra. "We gave them a chance to surrender". We even brought the university teacher's father all the way to Shopian. "Of them, five have succumbed to injuries", the official said.

"No one could have thought that he was leaving to become a militant", Jehangir Ahmad, another Master's student at the Department of Sociology, Kashmir University, told Firstpost. Bhat had gone missing just two days ago. He was reportedly martyred by the Indian security personnel at the Badgam area of Shopian, almost 80km from his house.

Over a dozen protesters have been injured during clashes near the encounter site.

A police officer also confirmed the killings and said that it is being investigated under what circumstances they were killed.

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Security have been deployed in the areas where restrictions and also at other law and order vulnerable places.

India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.

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. He completed his PhD past year.

On 4th March, Sunday two militants and four civilians were killed as government forces said they responded to an attack on a mobile vehicle check post in south Kashmir's Shopian during evening time.

Top separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called the young man's death a murder and he and others called for a general strike on Sunday in protest of the day's killings. Internet on mobile phones also remained suspended for the second day, a common practice by authorities to make organizing protests hard.

Security personnel and protesters clash following a gunbattle between the forces and rebels in Srinagar, on Sunday.

Thousands took to the streets in south Kashmir to show support for the slain freedom fighters. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

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