Bloody Autumn in Kashmir

With no end in sight to decades-old Kashmir conflict the Valley continues to lose its young. At least 44 persons including 24 rebels, 12 civilians & 8 forces’ personnel were killed in October

Srinagar: Autumn is the season of colors in Kashmir. One of the beautiful seasons, it is time to enjoy life among changing colors of nature. But in a conflict-riddled Kashmir the season once again proved to be bloody. At least 44 lives including two scholar-turned militants were killed. Among the dead – 24 were militants, 12 civilians and eight belonged to different security forces.

October 21 like April 1 of this year witnessed 16 killings including seven civilians, five militants, three soldiers and a trooper in Jammu and Kashmir. Among the 20 militants killed in different encounters included scholar-turned militant Dr Manan Wani of Tikipora Lolab, Ashiq Hussain Zargar of Tulwari Langate, Shabir Ahmed from Samboora Pampore, Mehraj Bangroo of Fathekadal, Fahad Ahmed of Khanyar, Showkat Ahmed of Dagarpora Awanipora, Shahid-ul-Islam Tantray from Wangam village in Shopian, Yazil Makroo from Arwani area in Bijbehara (Anantnag) and Zubair Lone from Ahwatoo village in DH Pora, scholar-turned-militant Sabzar Ahmed Sofi of Naina, Asif Shergujri of Khiram Sirhama Aqeel Rashid Sofi (17) of Khanpora, Sahir Makroo of Arwani, Owais Ahmad Lone from Hawora-Mishpora area of Kulgam district, Muzamil Magray of Watoo Aharbal and Amir Tantray of Damal Hanjipora Kulgam. On October 19 this month, five militants were killed in two separate incidents. Three militants were killed in Pather Baramulla along with LoC while two militants were killed in Kralhar Baramulla when according to police they overstepped a check post. This month two workers of National Conference, Nazir Bhat and Mushtaq Wani, died after unknown gunmen opened fire in Karfali Mohalla Srinagar. Another party worker Shakeel Ahmed was critically injured. Unknown gunmen abducted a shopkeeper Tawseef Ahmed at Tujjar Sharif Sopore whose bullet riddled body was found in an orchard.

Locals as well as separatist organization blamed security agencies for killing of a Hurriyat activist Tariq Ahmed Ganaie who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in an apple orchard of Meemandar in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. militants shot dead a policeman Javaid Ahmed at Warpora Sopore while a civilian Rayees Ahmed of Fathekadal area of Srinagar city was killed in an encounter along with two militants. An SOG man Kamal Kishore was also killed in Fathekadal encounter. At least 16 people including seven civilians, five militants, three soldiers and a trooper were killed in different militancy related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir on October 21. Three militants Shahid-ul-Islam Tantray from Wangam village in Shopian, Yazil Makroo from Arwani area in Bijbehara (Anantnag) and Zubair Lone from Ahwatoo village in DH Pora area of Kulgam were killed in Laru Kulgam gunfight where post gunfight seven civilians were killed in a blast and Forces action. The slain civilians were identified as Irshad Ahmad Pader and Tajamul Ahmad (both hailing from Shurat village); Talib MaqboolLaway and Mansoor Dar (both hailing from Laroo), Uzair Ahmad Dar from Reshipora, Javed Ahmad Lone of Hawoora village of Khudwani and  Ubaid Shah from Makenpora village

Three soldiers and two militants were killed in Rajouri along Line of Control while militants killed an SSB Jawan Vijay Kumar in Midora Tral. Two militants were killed in Kreeri area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district while four militants lost their life in Arwani and two were gunned down in Behrampora Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Over all till the month of October there were 413 killings including 190 militants, 115 civilians, 55 Army personnel, 35 policemen, 09 BSF personnel, 08 CRPF personnel and one SSB Jawan. At least 35 policemen have been killed till date in different militancy related incidents in the current year in Kashmir Valley. Seven cops were killed in August, followed by five on June, four each in the months of January and February, three in September, two each in March, May and July and one in April. On January 6, a powerful IED blast resulted in the death of four policemen in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district who were identified as ASI Irshad Ahmad EXK number 825685 resident of Doda about 58 years old, Constable Ghulam Nabi Belt number 720/IRP 3rd resident of Rohama Rafiaabad, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad Belt number 915/IRP 3rd resident of Vilgam Handwara, Constable Mohammad Amin Belt number 470/IRP 3rd resident of Sogam Kupwara.

On February 5, two policemen Mushtaq Ahmed of Karnah and Babar Khan of Shangas Anantnag were killed when militants fired upon them inside SMHS Hospital helping LeT militant Naveed Jatt to free from police custody. Naveed along with six other prisoners were brought to hospital for medical check-up on that day. Two cops were shot dead by suspected militants on February 25 at two different places. An armed policeman Kultar Singh of Samba was killed at Charar-e-Sharif shrine while another cop Farooq Ahmed Itoo of Chadoora guarding Hurriyat leaders Fazal Haq Qureshi’s house at Soura was also shot dead. Militants managed to decamp with the rifles of both these slain cops. Two policemen were killed during the intervening night of March 20 and 21 at Halmatpora Kupwara in a fierce encounter. The said encounter also resulted in the death of five non-local militants and three Indian soldiers.

On March 29, suspected militants shot dead SPO Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh at Katoo Wubzan village of Dachnipora belt of Bijbehara while his wife Fareeda Begum received injuries during a scuffle with assailants. Two days later on March 31, suspected militants shot dead another SPO Muhammad Ashraf Mir in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Only one cop became the prey in the month of April and this time he was an SOG man Latif Gojri who along with a soldier was killed in a massive gun battle in Laam Forest area of Tral town in Pulwama. Four militants were also killed in this gun fight. Two policemen were killed in May. On May 11 militants killed a cop Shameem Ahmed of Yaripora Kulgam when they attacked a minority picket at Wadwun Budgam while on May 15 a policeman Abdul Rashid was killed in a militant attack at Padshahibagh Bijbehara. On June 2 Policeman Aqib Wagay of Panzgam who was injured in a militant attack succumbed to his injuries. On June 13 two policemen Ghulam Hassan Wagay and Ghulam Rasool were killed while another cop was injured after militants attacked court complex Pulwama. Militants snatched their rifles as well.

A cop Tanvir Ahmed was killed on June 20 after militants attacked a police patrol at Galandar Pampore. An SOG man Ashiq Hussain was killed on June 22 in Khiram Srigufwara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district during an encounter. This encounter also resulted in the killing of four militants and a civilian. On July 5 suspected militants abducted policeman Javaid Hamid Dar near Vehil Shopian and later killed him while on July 16 Mudasir Ahmed, a security guard of National Conference leader Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir was killed after militants attacked their vehicle in Muran Pulwama. Militants also snatched two rifles while another security guard was also injured in the attack. The month of August witnessed killings of seven policemen. On August 22 militants killed three cops in three separate incidents in South Kashmir’s Pulwama and Kulgam district on the eve of Eid-ul-Azah. They were identified as Inspector Muhammad Ashraf Dar of Larav Pulwama, Yaqoob Shah of Loisani Pulwama and Fayaz Ahmed of Zazripora. Four policemen were gunned down by militants in on August 29 in Arhama village of Shopian district. They were identified as Constable Ishfaq Ahmed Mir son of Abdul Aziz Mir of Watergam Dangiwacha, Constable Muhammad Iqbal Mir son of Abdul Rehman Mir a resident of Hardu Chanam Rohama, Constable Javaid Ahmed Bhat son of Nazir Ahmed Bhat of Panzinara Sumbal and SPO Adil Manzoor Bhat son of Manzoor Ahmed, a resident of Zawoora Shopian.

On September 21, three cops were abducted and killed by militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. They were identified as Firdous Kuchary and Kuldeep Singh of Batagund and Nisar Dhobi of Kaprin Shopian. In the ongoing current year at least 413 people have been killed so far. Many among them became prey of cross border firing. (Kashmir Leader)

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