The terror violence has witnessed a sudden spurt in the valley in the past three days. With security forces gunning down four top militants of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taeba in separate encounters in southern Pulwama district on Sunday and Saturday, the Kakapora belt of the district was today out on streets to protest against security forces for “killing two civilians” of the area.
The protesting residents alleged that a police party fired at two civilians at Mohanvij village outside Kakapora, late on Sunday evening, causing instant death of one Farooq Ahmad Wani and critical injuries to another resident Shakoor Ahmad Dar, who died on way to hospital. Over 5000 residents today joined the mourning and burial procession of the slain civilians. Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah was leading the protesting residents.
Police however dismissed the allegations and squarely blamed militants for the killings. A police spokesperson said that unknown militants fired indiscriminately upon a police party traveling in a private car bearing registration number JK02AC-7626 in the village, causing injuries to an employee of PHE department Tariq Ahmad Mir, who was driving the car. The spokesperson said that two pedestrians—Farooq Ahmad Wani and Shakoor Ahmad Dar— were also hit in the shootout causing on-spot death of Farooq. He said that Shakoor succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital.
Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Meraj Ahmad Kakroo ordered a thorough enquiry into the causes that led to the death of two civilians. He said that assistant commissioner (revenue) has been asked to probe the incident and submit his report within one month.
In a separate incident militants struck at Naina village near Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district and shot dead a personal security officer of an engineer of IRCON. Sources said that two IRCON engineers Hilal Ahmad and Kishen Kumar came under firing from militants in the village when they were examining the work on the railway line. They said that even as the engineers had providential escape, their security officer constable Bishen Das of JKAP 6th battalion got killed. Sources said that the militants decamped with the service rifle of the slain police constable.
Al Mansoorain militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack on IRCON engineers came a day after police and army said that they killed two top commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba--Pinto Malik and Shiraz Ahmad on Saturday. They said that Malik had beheaded IRCON engineer Sudhir Kumar and his brother in June 2004 in the area.
Troops of CRPF and Police averted a major tragedy today by spotting a Liquid IED in Tral. A police spokesperson said that the whole area was sealed and civilian population evacuated to avert any untoward incident. He said that Bomb Disposal Squad of Police safely diffused the IED later. The IED was in Liquid form and was supposed to be triggered by a SIM card, the spokesperson said.
Rajbagh Police recovered two unidentified male dead bodies, aged around 30 and 50 years, from Kursoo Rajbagh Bund Srinagar.
Police has registered a case in this regard and conducted autopsy to ascertain the cause of death.