Separatists called band in Kashmir against Shopian killings

Army camp attacked in J&K's Shopian terrorist 3 accomplices killed
Shopian attack: Terrorist, accomplices killed in retaliatory firing
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07 March, 2018

Militants on Sunday opened fire at a Mobile Vehicle Check Post outside an Army camp in Pohan area of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. From the casualties, the terrorist has been identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar and one victim has been identified as a civilian student.

While the Army has said the slain youth were militants and their overground workers, police has said they are investigating the incident.

"A joint mobile vehicle checkpoint was sacked upon by militants in a vehicle on Sunday at 8.00 pm local time". Four persons were confirmed dead on Sunday night and two more bodies were recovered on Monday morning, said reports quoting the police.

The locals alleged that the civilians were travelling in a vehicle through the area and were killed in reprisal by the Army following the militant attack.

Clashes were reported between protestors and forces outside deputy commissioner office in the district.

The situation in Shopian, Budgam and Anantnag districts was stated to be tense as mobs pelted stones at security forces. The overnight killings have triggered a serious crisis across Kashmir.

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Expressing anguish over the incident, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, "Deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian".

The bodies of the others were handed over to their legal heirs, a police spokesman said.

They were stopped and taken into preventive custody, the officials said. Internet and rail services have been suspended across south Kashmir.

Separatist Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which comprises Syed Ali Geelani's Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Yasin Malik's JKLF, has called for a protest march towards Shopian on March 7. All the schools and colleges have been closed while exams which were scheduled for Monday have been postponed. 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".

People thronged Kapran village of Shopian to participate in the funeral of Lashkar commander Ashiq Hussain Bhat.

Police intercepted the Malik-led protest march and took the separatist leader and some of his supporters into custody. Security was beefed up across the summer capital of Srinagar and restrictions imposed in several areas to prevent any untoward incidents.


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