Bloody Sunday: 5 militants, 5 civilians killed in Shopian

Bloody Sunday: 5 militants, 5 civilians killed in Shopian
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Srinagar, May 6: Five militants including an assistant professor of Kashmir University and a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saddam Padder were killed in a gunfight in Badigam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district and equal number of civilian were killed in post gunfight clashes at different places in the same area.
Reports said following the Cordon and Search Operation on receiving inputs about the presence of militants in Badigam village of Shopian district by the sleuths of Army, CRPF and SOG of J&K Police the militants hiding in a house didn’t pay heed to the surrender offer of SSP Shopian and were engaged in a gunfight that lasted for several hours. The trapped militants included an assistant professor of Kashmir University Muhammad Rafi Bhat and top Hizb commander Saddam Padder. Initially the police approached farther, brother and wife of assistant professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat to persuade him to surrender but while they had travelled a few kilometers from their native village in Ganderbal district they heard the tragic news of the killing of Mohammad Rafi Bhat and his four other associates of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Confirming the killing of five militants the Director General of Police Dr S P Vaid took to micro blogging social networking website twitter and said “Encounter concluded at Badigam Zainpora Shopian, 5 bodies of terrorists recovered. Well done boys – Army/ CRPF/J&K Police.”
Soon after the killing of five militants an equal number civilians were killed and dozens injured in clashes with the government forces at different places in the Shopian district.
Police sources said that a protesting civilian, Adil Ahmad, injured during the clashes, was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the Kulgam district hospital.
Reports from the area said Adil was injured in Behibagh village in Kulgam district.
Another injured civilian, Sajad Ahmad of Dooru in Anantnag district, also succumbed to his injuries. Earlier, Asif Ahmad of Rohmou village of Pulwama died in a Srinagar hospital due to injuries suffered in the clashes.
Over a dozen civilians were injured in the clashes between the protesters and the security forces.
Angry protesters torched two fire tenders during the protests.
The clashes erupted after five militants, including Hizbul commander Saddam Paddar, Kashmir University assistant professor Muhammad Rafi Bhat, Tawseef Sheikh, Molvi Bilal and Adil Ahmad, were killed in the Shopian gunfight. (KNS)
Congress cancels ‘Secretariat Gherao’ programme
In view of unabated civilian killings in Shopian and elsewhere in the valley, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Sunday cancelled the secretariat Gherao Programme scheduled to be held tomorrow on the opening day of Secretariat in Srinagar citing the reason as unabated civilian killings in Shopian and elsewhere in Valley, the spokesman said.
The spokesman in a statement said that party strongly condemned civilian killings and urged that killing of civilians must stop in the larger interest of peace and stability.
Expressing profound grief and sorrow over the civilian killings, the President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) G.A. Mir strongly condemned civilian Killings in Shopian and described it as highly unfortunate and painful, saying that the unabated civilian killings will remain the cause behind deteriorating situation, besides vitiating the atmosphere in a valley.
He described the current situation as fall out of wrong policies adopted by both State and Centre government, saying that Centre lacks any Kashmir Policy, which is responsible for the extremely volatile situation in the valley, he added and said the loss of lives have deeply hurt the emotions of people in the valley.