Kashmir back on boil after six killed by security forces

Soon after the Sunday firing incident, the army spokesperson claimed that a Mobile Vehicle Check Post (MVCP), in Shopian was sacked upon by militants at about 8 pm from a vehicle, during which one militant was killed.

They identified the four civilians as Suhail Ahmad Wagay (22) son Khalid Ahmad Wagay of Pinjora, Shahid Khan (21) son of Bashir Khan of Malik Gund and Shahnawaz Wagay (23) son of Ali Mohammad of Moolu, Trenz and Gowhar Ahmad Lone (24) of Trenz.

On Sunday, the Army had said that a militant and three OGWs were killed when militants opened fire on a checkpost after they were asked to stop.

The security forces gunned down one militant in retaliatory firing, while the entire area was cordoned off by the defence personnel. After the police arrived, a auto was found at some distance in which three youths were found dead, the official said.

The situation in Shopian, Budgam and Anantnag districts was stated to be tense as mobs pelted stones at security forces.

The various business communities of the valley also reacted to the killings. The chief minister tweeted her condolences to the families of the people who were "caught in cross fire".

Separatist groups demanding an end to New Delhi's rule have called for a shutdown in the region on Monday to protest what they described as civilian killings.

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While National Conference has said that killings can not be justified with an arbitrary, unproven pronouncement of the youth being OGWs and sought a probe into the incident. A statement by police spokesman also referred to the three youths as "individuals", the HT report said. "No militant was accompanying them".

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

Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education of Kashmir (JKBOSE) has also postponed all the examinations scheduled for March 6 and 7.

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.

Several Hurriyat leaders and separatists, including JKLF chief Yasin Malik, were arrested.

As security forces tear-gassed demonstrators hurling rocks, authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in Downtown Srinagar. The state government made a decision to close all schools and colleges across Kasmir till Wednesday in order to avoid a law and order situation in the Valley.

  • Lawrence Cooper