Kashmir rebels, 5 civilians killed in anti-India fighting

Shopian Carnage 5 militants 5 civilians killed toll 10

Security forces on Sunday killed five militants, including an assistant professor of Kashmir University who had joined their ranks, leading to major street protests that claimed another five civilian lives, officials said.

Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Shesh Vaid tweeted, "The encounter is over at Badigam in Shopian and bodies of five terrorists have been recovered..."

Indian soldiers shot dead five Kashmir freedom fighters including a university teacher in a gunfight on Sunday that triggered violent protests in which five civilians were also killed.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation which turned into an encounter after the hiding terrorists opened fire.

Over a dozen protesters have been injured during clashes near the encounter site. Among them, 53 were militants from Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, 33 civilians, 14 policemen, 13 army men and one BJP worker.

Once the security forces relized that he too was holed up with the militants, police took his mother, wife and brother to Badigam village to persuade him to surrender. Intense clashes led the death of five civilians in police and CRPF firing.

Police sources said that a protesting civilian, Adil Ahmad, injured during the clashes, was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the Kulgam district hospital.

Both were shifted to Srinagar army hospital for treatment and reports said both are critical.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir University (KU) and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama have also suspended class work and posted all examinations which were scheduled to be held today.

Urging the Centre to immediately start the dialogue process, CM Mufti said, "I appeal to the national leadership of the country to show compassion and empathy... and display the statesmanship to get Jammu and Kashmir out of this quagmire".

The official said the railway department is acting on the advice of police since the safety and security of passengers and railway staff was top priority, he said adding in the past railway suffered huge loss after coaches and railway stations and lighting system were damaged in stone pelting during demonstrations. "I have reiterated it time and again that political issues need political interventions", she said.

As the security forces retaliated and the gun battle intensified, five terrorists were neutralised.

Authorities imposed restrictions under section 144 of the CrPc in parts of Srinagar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of a strike called by separatists over the killing of militants.

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