Suspected Hizb militants kill woman in Shopian
Suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants shot a 21-year-old woman at point-blank range in front of her family on Tuesday in Shopian district in south Kashmir, reports Peerzada Ashiq.india Updated: Dec 17, 2009 01:38 IST
Suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants shot a 21-year-old woman at point-blank range in front of her family on Tuesday in Shopian district in south Kashmir.
At 7.15 pm on Tuesday, Daisy Mir, a Class X student, received a stranger at her home in Kellar, 20 km from Shopian, about 580 km south of Srinagar. The village is next to the forest range of Pir Panchaal, a route taken by militants to cross over to the valley before winter.
“He entered our kitchen and asked for my elder sister,” said Daisy. “When I showed him to my sister, he took out his gun and shot my sister five times in the abdomen and chin.” Sheeraza Akhtar died in front of her parents.
Pointing out that this was the sixth killing of civilians in Shopian so far this year, Superintendent of Police, Shopian, Shahid Mehraj told HT: “Some HM militants are still active in that forest range. We think they are behind this.”
Mehraj said the militants, who depend for shelter and food on these village, are not getting an enthusiastic response this winter.
“They’re trying to scare, particularly the womenfolk.”
“I have been offering food and providing shelter to militants for the last 14 years, hoping that they will get azaadi (independence) for Kashmir, but I never knew they would turn me into a victim,” said Maqbool, a farmer, at his Kellar house.