Two LeT terrorists, 4 others killed in Shopian; restrictions imposed

In their statement, the JRL said that the 'Indian trigger happy forces and police are deployed to kill Kashmiris and pro-India politicians and political parties especially RSS backed Mehbooba regime is deployed to provide a legal cover to these killers'.

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

A local source identified him as 24-year-old Gawhar Ahmed Lone and said his corpse was found lying inside a Wagon-R auto near the site Sunday night's clash.

The family of Gowhar, who returned home from Nagpur a year ago after finishing his masters in physical education at a university there, has a flourishing fruit business. Anger spread across South Kashmir as thousands shouted slogans and joined the last rites of those killed.

According to the army, the gunfight occurred after a mobile vehicle check post (MVCP) was sacked upon.

When the vehicle he was driving reached Pinzura, it came under heavy fire and he was hit by at least four bullets.

"Militants travelling in a vehicle fired upon army personnel who retaliated by firing several shots, leading to a brief exchange of fire".

Also, the three over ground workers/accomplices in the auto who were accompanying the terrorist were found to be dead. The Army also claimed they also killed over ground workers (OGW/accomplices). Later during the search, the body of Amir Ahmad Malik was recovered.


A police official said restrictions were imposed in downtown and uptown Srinagar and Shopian and other sensitive areas of south Kashmir.

"Preliminary investigation suggests that Bhat's death was part of Sunday's gunfight in Pahnoo village".

Commanding Officer, 44 RR, D S Negi, said the youths were accompanying a militant in two vehicles, which did not stop despite repeated orders.

"Our troops, in self defence, responded to the same with fire".

Authorities earlier believed that one suspected militant and three youths were killed in retaliatory firing in Shopian's Panhoo region. Later, we found that three persons in the vehicle had died. "Taking up arms or joining terrorism only lead to loss of life and nothing can be achieved", he said.

A police spokesman said body of LeT militant AshiqHussainBhat of RakhKapran was recovered from Saidpora in Shopian today.

Demanding a probe, former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said, "The Shopian incident is yet another stark reminder of the grave and rapidly deteriorating situation in the Valley and the varying accounts from the CM and the security forces are unfortunate".

The mobile internet services have been shut across South Kashmir while high-speed internet has been stopped across the valley.


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