Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Gun-toting terrorists attend LeT terrorist funeral in J&K’s Shopian

Srinagar: A day after two terrorists and four of their over ground workers (OGW) were killed in a shootout with the Army, dozens of clashes involving stone-pelting erupted in Shopian as people came out on the streets to protest alleged civilian deaths in the south Kashmir district on Sunday evening.

Security forces claim that all those killed were terrorist or their over-ground workers

While the security forces claim that all those killed were terrorist or their over-ground workers, separatist leaders and locals alleged that four of them were civilians.

The deaths on Sunday evening occurred after terrorists travelling in a car attacked an Indian Army’s mobile vehicle checkpost near Pahnoo village in Shopian district, some 60 km south of Srinagar.

In the ensuing gunfight, four persons including a LeT terrorist were confirmed dead on Sunday night and two more bodies were recovered on Monday morning, said the police.

Police said they recovered the bullet-ridden body of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Ashiq Hussain Bhat at Saidpora area in Shopian, about six km from the firing spot. He was missing since November 13, 2017.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that Bhat’s death was part of Sunday’s gunfight in Pahnoo village. Further investigation is on,” a police officer said.

The body of a civilian, Gowhar Ahmad Lone, 24, was also found on Monday morning, some 250 metres away from the gunfight site.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was “deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian” and expressed her “heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s families”.

The State Public Service Commission ordered the cancellation of Monday’s civil services exams in the state. All university and school board exams scheduled on Monday were postponed.

People thronged Kapran village of Shopian to participate in the funeral of Lashkar terrorist Ashiq Hussain Bhat. Half a dozen terrorists were also seen offering the congregational Nimaz-e-Janaza of the slain LeT terrorist.

Protests also broke out in neighbouring Anantnag and Pulwama districts, north Kashmir’s Bandipora district and Badgam in central Kashmir where youths clashed with the security forces.

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