22 killed in 12 days
Although the beginning of autumn is considered the most beautiful season in Kashmir as all the leaves on green trees and plants turn purple, this year the spell started on a bloody note as 22 murders took place in only 12 days of the month of October.
Since October 1, at least 22 people, including eight civilians, five members of the Indian army and nine militants, have been killed in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir, which has seen a major escalation in violence.
The month began with a dawn shootout on October 1 in the Shopian district of southern Kashmir, in which police said an activist was killed. He was identified as Mujeeb Amin Lone, a resident of Redwani village in Kulgam district. Police added that he joined the activism less than a month ago.
The next day, Majid Ahmad Gojri, a resident of Chattabal Srinagar, was killed in the Karanagar neighborhood of Srinagar, while the PDD employee, Mohammad Shafi Dar, a resident of Batamallo, was killed outside his home by the militants. presumed.
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Three days later, on October 5, gunmen shot dead three people in separate attacks. Prominent Kashmiri chemist Makhan Lal Bindroo was shot dead in his Iqbal park medical store, Lal chowk. Virendar Paswan, a non-local street vendor, was killed in the Lal Bazar area and Mohammad Shafi Lone, a president of the Sumo Drivers Association, was killed in Shahgund in the Bandipora district of North Kashmir.
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On October 7, three more killings took place in the valley. In the morning, suspected militants killed Supinder Kour, a school principal, and Deepak Chand, a teacher, at a public school in Srinagar city. In the evening, a civilian Parvez Ahmad Khan was killed by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at a checkpoint on the Monghal Bridge in the Anantnag district
On October 8, government forces killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba activist identified as Aqib Bashir Kumar of Trenz Shopian, near the Zum Zum hotel complex in the Natipora district of Srinagar in a brief shootout.
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On October 11, seven people were killed, including five soldiers and two militants.
In the Surankote Poonch sector of Jammu, an army officer and four other soldiers were killed in action during a counterinsurgency operation. The soldiers killed were identified as Naib Subedar (JCO) Jaswinder Singh, Naik Mandeep Sinigh, Sepoy Gajjan Singh, Sepoy Saraj Singh and Sepoy Vaisakh H.
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In two other separate incidents, in the wee hours of Monday, police said that during a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police, 13RR and 47 billion CRPF in the Gund village area. Jahangir from South Kashmir Bandipora, an activist LeT Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar (Kokroo) was killed during the shooting.
According to police, Dar was the main accused in the murder of civilian Mohammad Shafi alias Sonu in Shahgund. However, the family refuted police claims.
In another incident, an unidentified activist was killed in a shooting attack in Khagund, in the Verinag region of the Anantnag district in southern Kashmir. Police said during the cordage to arrest associate activist Javid Ahmad Bhat, they came into contact with an activist who was later killed in a retaliatory fire.
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On Tuesday, October 12, five militants were killed in two separate shootings in the Shopian district of southern Kashmir.
According to the official police document, in Tulran area, Shopian district, South Kashmir, police, 34RR and CRPF killed three LeT (TRF) during a joint cordon and search operation. .
The militants killed were identified as Danish Hussain Dar resident of Ray Kapren Shopian, Yawar Hussain Naikoo resident of Pahlipora and Mukhtar Ahmed Shah resident of Sindbal, Ganderbal.
Police said Mukhtar Shah was involved in the targeted assassination of a non-local vendor in the Lal Bazar neighborhood of Srinagar.
Quoting Kashmiri Police Inspector General Vijay Kumar, the Kashmir Police Zone wrote on his Twitter account: “Out of 03 militants killed, one terrorist was identified as Mukhtar Shah from Ganderbal, who switched to Shopian after having killed a peddler Virendra Paswan from Bihar. . (sic) ”
Likewise, in Feeripora Shopian, two activists – Ubaid Ahmad Dar residing in Ray Kapren and Khubaib Ahmad Nengroo residing in Braripora – were killed in a shootout.
The two activists were associated with Let, police said.
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About 150 people, including activists, government forces, politicians and civilians, have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year.
Police say more than 100 activists have been neutralized so far in 2021, while a total of 29 civilians have been killed this year in Jammu and Kashmir.