Protests spread in south Kashmir over killing of militant, 4 civilians

Protests spread in south Kashmir over killing of militant, 4 civilians

Protests spread in south Kashmir over killing of militant, 4 civilians

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.

Waheed Ahmad, a resident of Shopian, said, "The army's claim that the four civilians were accomplices or had anything to do with militancy is a blatant lie".

Earlier, 4 civilians and a militant were killed on Sunday evening in Shopian district when gunmen attacked army vehicle.

He said the three civilians were travelling aongwith militant in the vehicle and were found dead after the shootout.

Police found a vehicle at some distance away in which three boys were found dead.

Police said they recovered the bullet-ridden body of LeT militant Ashiq Hussain Bhat at Saidpora area in Shopian, about six km from the firing spot.

The killings led to massive clashes between protesters and the occupational forces in Shopian, Pulwama, and other areas, reported KMS.

A political row followed when the police filed a First Information Report or FIR against the army and named the officer who was leading the convoy that had come under attack.

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The killings have triggered outrage in the Valley.

The National Conference asked for clarification from the Jammu and Kashmir government on why legal action has not been taken in the Shopian firing incident, even after chief minister Mehbooba Mufti accepted that those killed were civilians.

As separatists called for a strike against the killings, authorities imposed strict restrictions to prevent the escalation of tensions.

All the schools and colleges in the valley will remain closed tomorrow and day after as a precautionary measure, an official of the Education Department said. Mobile and train services have also been suspended for security reasons. Demanding a probe in the incident, NC's official spokesperson said, "The Shopian killings can not be justified with an arbitrary, unproven pronouncement of the youth being OGWs".

The separatist Joint Resistance Leadership had called for a shutdown on Monday in protest at the killing of the four civilians by the Army.

At one of the funerals for the dead rebels, soldiers fired in the air to disperse thousands of mourners in a village in the Shopian area.

Indian security forces beefed up their presence across the region and officials blocked internet service in south Kashmir to maintain law and order, officials said.

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