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Kashmir on boil as six killed in gunfight

Kashmir on boil as six killed in gunfight

The deaths on Sunday evening occurred after a militant travelling in a auto attacked an Indian Army's mobile vehicle checkpost near Pahnoo village in Shopian district, some 60 km south of Srinagar. From the casualties, the terrorist has been identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar and one victim has been identified as a civilian student.

Also on Monday, a top militant of another Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was killed during a gunfight in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.

The Army earlier said that three of the four bodies found on Sunday were those of "accomplices and over ground workers (OGWs)" of militants. In the retaliation, one terrorist was killed. After the police arrived, a auto was found at some distance in which three youths were found dead, the official said. An Army spokesperson claimed the youths were overground militant workers, but local residents claimed they were civilians travelling in the vehicle, according to media reports.

"Situation is very tense here, " Ahmed said".

The various business communities of the valley also reacted to the killings.

Mehbooba contradicted the army's statement, saying that the civilians killed in Shopian were caught in "crossfire", even as she expressed "heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased".

The authorities have also imposed restrictions in the old city area in Srinagar under the jurisdiction of five police stations to thwart the spread of protests in these areas. "They are killed like ants and for them (army), AFSPA is a protection and Supreme Court of India is a judicial backer for murder", Lone, a post graduate in sociology said on Monday morning. Train services and Internet was stopped in south Kashmir.

JRL is headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The State Public Service Commission ordered the cancellation of Monday's civil services exams in the state. Schools had been scheduled to re-open on Monday after a three-month winter break.

While National Conference has said that killings can not be justified with an arbitrary, unproven pronouncement of the youth being OGWs and sought a probe into the incident. Under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, army and paramilitary officers can search homes and make arrests without warrants, shoot at people suspected of being separatists and blow up buildings or homes on suspicion that insurgents are using them.


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