3 dead, including civilian, as violence surges in India-held Kashmir

Published December 19, 2017
Kashmiri villagers surround the body of suspected militant Tanveer Ahmed during his funeral at Batmurran Kellar village in Shopian on Tuesday.— AFP
Kashmiri villagers surround the body of suspected militant Tanveer Ahmed during his funeral at Batmurran Kellar village in Shopian on Tuesday.— AFP

Indian forces shot dead two suspected rebels in India-held Kashmir in clashes that also killed a young woman, police said Tuesday, as the deadliest year of the decade in the disputed territory draws to a close.

At least 210 suspected militants have been killed this year — the most since 2010 — amid a military campaign to rout armed groups resisting Indian rule in the divided Himalayan region.

In addition, 57 civilians and 78 security personnel have also lost their lives in violence across the conflict-wracked valley, according to police officials and watchdogs.

A Kashmiri villager weeps as he holds baby Zaira, who is eleven months old, during the funeral of her mother Ruby Jan in Shopian.— AFP
A Kashmiri villager weeps as he holds baby Zaira, who is eleven months old, during the funeral of her mother Ruby Jan in Shopian.— AFP

In the latest clash, two suspected militants were shot dead in a firefight that began Monday evening in southern Shopian district, inspector general of police Munir Ahmed Khan told AFP.

Hundreds of Kashmiris rushed to the scene chanting anti-India slogans and hurling stones at the troops in protests that continued raging on Tuesday morning.

Police opened fire with pellet guns, hospitalising 12 people. A soldier and a police officer were also wounded during the clashes.

Police said a young woman was killed in crossfire.

“One young woman died in the crossfire when one of the militants came out of a house today (Tuesday) and started firing at the security forces,” Khan added.

Some witnesses claimed the woman was killed by police during the demonstrations, not in crossfire, though this could not be independently verified.

Tensions were already high in held Kashmir after a taxi driver was gunned down during an army operation Saturday evening. An official investigation is underway into his death.

Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 against the roughly half a million Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the entire disputed region with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

Opinion

Editorial

21 Jan, 2022

Emergency rumours

ISLAMABAD is once again in the grip of rumours. The latest issue finding traction revolves around a mysterious...
TTP attack
Updated 21 Jan, 2022

TTP attack

MONDAY night’s assault on a police party in Islamabad, which left one cop dead and two injured, marks a ...
21 Jan, 2022

Murree suspensions

ON Wednesday, the Met Office issued a red alert for more heavy snowfall in Murree over the coming weekend, and...
20 Jan, 2022

Too great a divide

THE government’s offer of talks to the opposition on electoral and judicial reforms is a welcome development in a...
Military inductees
Updated 20 Jan, 2022

Military inductees

Giving preference to military personnel for appointments in civilian roles is exposing them to unnecessary controversy.
20 Jan, 2022

Suu Kyi charges

MYANMAR’S ruling junta seems determined to spin a complicated legal web around Aung San Suu Kyi to ensure that the...