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Several dead as India intensifies campaign against militants in Kashmir

April 2, 2018

Twenty people have been killed in Indian Kashmir during clashes between police and suspected militants, as well as during protests. Many civilians support a rebel campaign for independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Houses on fire during gun batte in Indian Kashmir (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Khan)

Deadly protests against Indian rule erupted in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday following the killings of several suspected militants during gun battles with government forces, officials said.

A total of three Indian soldiers and 13 rebels died in the worst day of violence so far this year as clashes erupted in several locations south of Srinagar, the main city of the region.

Much of the violence took place around the village of Dragad, where seven of the alleged militants were killed, along with two soldiers.

Read more: What is Pakistan’s militancy issue all about?

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Four civilians were also killed and dozens injured when police opened fire on thousands of demonstrators who poured onto the streets of Kachdoora village in Shopian district, throwing stones and chanting slogans against Indian claim on the region.

Many protesters tried to march to the gun battle sites to help the trapped militants escape, and were confronted with tear gas and gunfire from Indian troops.

The new round of anti-India protests and clashes began as Indian troops launched counterinsurgency operations targeting mainly the southern parts of the disputed Himalayan region, where rebels have revived their violent challenge to New Delhi’s rule.

Read more: Hindu extremists challenge Kashmir’s ‘special status’

Protests against Indian rule in Kashmir (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Khan)Thousands of people poured onto the streets in Indian-ruled Kashmir as gunbattles between Indian troops and rebels worsened

Protests also broke out in Srinagar, where all schools were ordered shut on Monday. Train services to south Kashmir were suspended as a precautionary measure.

Communications cuts

Authorities cut mobile data services in the most restive towns, and reduced connection speeds in other parts of Kashmir to disrupt the communications of protest organizers.

Kashmir has been divided between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim it in full.

Manufacturing consent in Indian-administered Kashmir

Many civilians in Kashmir — India’s only Muslim-majority state — support rebels who have been fighting for decades for independence or for a merger with Pakistan. Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died.

Read more: Indian police kill Pakistan-based militant Noor Mohammad Tantray in Kashmir

Last year was the deadliest of this decade in the region, with more than 200 alleged militants killed. That upsurge in violence has escalated in 2018, with 51 alleged militants already killed this year.

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Kashmir: 17 Killed in Gun Battles — Troops used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse an angry crowd

April 2, 2018

SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Indian security forces killed at least three civilians and wounded about 70 in restive Kashmir on Sunday when hundreds of people tried to prevent them from carrying out operations against suspected militants, police and residents said.


At least 17 other people, including 13 suspected militants, were killed in gunbattles during the day in southern Kashmir, police officials said, the worst violence in the region this year.

When hundreds of people came out on the streets of Kachdoora village in Shopian district to try to halt a gunbattle between militants and security forces, troops used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse the crowd. They later opened fire.

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 Indian Kashmiris clash with Indian policemen in Srinagar on April 1, 2018 during unrest following battles between suspected militants and Indian forces in south Kashmir. Habib Naqash / AFP

Local residents said that after the protests, the security forces called off the operation. Police said five militants and three soldiers were killed in the fighting.

Indian army soldiers during a gun battle with militants in Kashmir on April 1, 2018.

Muslim separatists have been waging a violent campaign against Indian rule since the late 1980s in Indian-held Kashmir.

Fighting also broke out in two other villages in the region on Sunday.

S.P. Vaid, the state director general of police, said the army received information on Saturday night about militants hiding in an area near Dragad village, about 50 km (30 miles) south of Kashmir’s capital of Srinagar and also in Shopian district.

Protesters clash with Indian policemen following gun fights between militants and Indian forces in Kashmir on April 1, 2018.

“In Dragad, 7 bodies of militants were recovered including top commanders. They were killed in a gunbattle,” Vaid said, adding that the owner of the house in which the militants were trapped was also killed.

Another militant was killed in Dialgam village in Anantnag district, about 60 km (37 miles) south of Srinagar, while one was caught alive, he said.

Homes where militants took refuge during a gun battle with Indian armed forces are engulfed in flames on April 1, 2018, in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Authorities have directed schools and colleges in Kashmir to remain closed on Monday to prevent any recurrence of violence, and restrictions have been imposed in several areas.

Train services to south Kashmir have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a railways official said, and internet services in five districts have also been blocked.

In south Kashmir’s Pulwama district the local administration has imposed restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles to prevent any violence.

Battle erupts again in Kashmir as troops kill as many as 11 rebels — Pakistan and India at an impass?

April 1, 2018

In this Thursday, March 22, 2018, file photo, Jammu and Kashmir police officer consoles the daughter of policeman Deepak Thusoo, who was killed in a gunbattle with suspected rebels, during his funeral at Jagti village on the outskirts of Jammu, India. (AP)
SRINAGAR, India: Officials say at least eight rebels have been killed in fighting with Indian troops in disputed Kashmir, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.
Police say the gunbattles in southern Kashmir began after government forces raided two villages in Shopian and Anantnag districts following a tip that rebels were hiding there and came under fire. The fighting is still raging in Shopian area on Sunday.
The news of the killings led to intense anti-Indian protests and clashes in several parts of the southern Kashmir.
India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.
Rebel groups demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

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In three separate encounters and subsequent protests in south Kashmir, at least 11 militants including top commanders and one civilian were killed on Sunday till now.
This is one of the biggest anti-militancy operations in a single day, since 2010-11, when militancy started regaining foothold in Kashmir Valley. The killings are a major blow for militants in south Kashmir, considered to be their stronghold.
J&K police is yet to confirm the final identity of militants however police officials say top commanders were among the killed. Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani–who was released from house arrest on March 30 and allowed to address a Friday congregation after eight years—Mirwaiz Umer and Yasin Malik have called for shutdown in wake of the killings today and on April 2. They have urged people across Kashmir to offer funeral prayers in absentia for those killed in the operations, at 4:00pm today.
The government has again put Hurriyat leaders under house arrest and suspended mobile Internet in parts of south Kashmir to avoid any flow of communication and spread of rumors. All the business establishments in south Kashmir have closed and Srinagar has also witnessed instant closure of shops soon after the news of the killings spread.
Encounter at Dragad has ended while as at Kachdooru village of Shopian operation is still going on as police sources claim bodies of few more militants could be trapped in the house. In both the villages, militants were killed in the houses of police officials, including that of an IPS officer and a constable.
Intense protests are going on near both the spots, and police and paramilitary forces have resorted to heavy shelling and pellet firing to disperse the crowd. One civilian was killed and more than 50 civilians have been injured till now. At least ten youth have received pellet injuries in eyes, while another civilian has bullet injury. 20 injured including the pellet victims have been referred to hospitals in Srinagar.
J&K police chief S P Vaid confirmed that bodies of seven militants were found at encounter site in Dragad village of Shopian, while as one militant was killed in Dialgam of Anantnag, where another militant was caught alive.

3 Rebels, 2 Indian Soldiers Killed in Kashmir Fighting

August 13, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — Three Kashmiri rebels and two Indian soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region, police said Sunday.

The fighting erupted Saturday after Indian troops raided southern Awneera village on a tip that at least seven rebels fighting New Delhi’s rule over Kashmir were hiding there, said top police officer S.P. Vaid.

He said militants lobbed hand grenades and fired automatic rifles from two civilian homes and an apple orchard, killing two soldiers. At least three other soldiers were wounded.

Police said the firing stopped late in the night but resumed early Sunday, when three rebels were killed. Vaid said they were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest Kashmiri insurgent group.

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Residents said a civilian home was destroyed after troops blasted it with explosives.

Anti-India protests followed the fighting Saturday and Sunday, leading to clashes between rock-throwing residents and government forces who fired shotgun pellets and tear gas.

At least seven protesters were reported injured in the clashes.

Separately, two police officials and a soldier were injured after rebels sprayed gunfire at government forces laying a cordon in northeastern Hajin area early Sunday.

Also Sunday, a civilian who was wounded in a petrol bomb attack in the region’s main city of Srinagar died in a hospital. Police said unknown perpetrators hurled the bomb at a police party on Saturday but missed the target, hitting the passer-by.

In recent years, Kashmiris, mainly youths, have displayed open solidarity with anti-India rebels and sought to protect them by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations against the militants. The anti-India protests and clashes have persisted despite the Indian army chief warning recently that “tough action” would be taken against stone throwers during counterinsurgency operations.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety. Rebel groups demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels’ cause against Indian rule. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.

Anti-India Strike, Security Lockdown Shuts Disputed Kashmir After Indian Troops Killed Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist, 17-Year-Old Boy

August 2, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — A teenage boy has died in Indian-controlled Kashmir a day after he was wounded by government forces during anti-India protests, triggering a fresh strike by separatists.

The 17-year-old died early Wednesday at a hospital in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, where businesses and shops have been shut to protest his death.

Authorities clamped a curfew in the old parts of Srinagar in anticipation of more protests against Indian rule. The boy died Tuesday during demonstrations that erupted after troops killed two top rebels in a gunbattle and fatally shot a civilian.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and both the countries claim it in its entirety. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 against Indian rule. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.


Anti-India Protests Erupt in Kashmir After Troops Kill Rebels, Civilian — Demanding an end to Indian rule — Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist Group Kashmir Chief Abu Dujana Killed

August 1, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — Anti-India protests and clashes have erupted in disputed Kashmir after government forces killed two senior militants in a gunbattle and fatally shot a protester during an ensuing protest demanding an end to Indian rule.

Police said the two militants were killed Tuesday after police and soldiers on a tip cordoned off southern Hakripora village.

Residents defied the security lockdown and clashed with government forces in an attempt to help the trapped militants escape.

A young man was killed and dozens of others were injured in the clashes.

Protests and clashes against Indian rule spread to several other places across Kashmir as students boycotted classes and hit the streets.

Rebel groups have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmir chief Abu Dujana killed in Pulwama encounter

Published : Aug 1, 2017, 8:57 am IST
Updated : Aug 1, 2017, 11:32 am IST

According to reports, there are two or three LeT terrorists who are engaged in the encounter.

An encounter between security forces and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists is underway at Hakripora village in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)

 An encounter between security forces and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists is underway at Hakripora village in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)

Srinagar: Abu Dujana, who figured on top of the list of “most dangerous terrorists” released by the Army in June this year, is believed to be among the two gunmen shot dead by security forces in a fierce encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.

Police and Army sources said that the fighting broke out in Pulwama’s Hakripora village early on Tuesday morning. The encounter began after the Army, the counterinsurgency Special Operations Group of the J&K police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a joint a cordon-and-search operation based on inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.

“Two terrorists have so far been killed. One of them is Arif Lihari, a local Kashmiri. The other is said to be Abu Dujara but we are verifying it,” said a senior police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The militants were trapped in Hakripora after the operation was launched at 4 am, locals said. The encounter broke out after security forces zeroed in on a house where terrorists were hiding, police sources said. Later, security forces used explosives, mortars and improvised explosive devices to blow the house up, a report said.

Internet services in parts of south Kashmir have been snapped in view of rising tensions. Also, the rail services have been suspended “as a precautionary measure”.

On June 1, the Army released a list of top 12 militants active mainly in Jammu and Kashmir’s southern districts, falling in two categories of ‘A’ and ‘A++’ and belonging to the Hizb-ul-Mujahedin (HM),  Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

Abu Dujana, alias Hafiz (LeT Divisional Commander, South Kashmir), was listed under the A++ category. The Army had said that he is based out of Pakistan and has been active since December 14, 2014.

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Curfew, Clashes After Indian Troops Kill 3 Kashmiri Rebels

July 12, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday after three men police identified as rebels were killed in a gunbattle with government forces.

The fighting began overnight after Indian troops raided western Radbugh village following a tip that militants were hiding there, said police Inspector-General Muneer Ahmed Khan.

He said the gunfight lasted the whole night and the three rebels were killed early Wednesday.

Authorities imposed a curfew in downtown Srinagar, anticipating protests and clashes opposing Indian rule because two of the dead men were natives of the city.

As news of the killings spread, residents defied the restrictions and threw rocks at police and paramilitary soldiers while chanting pro-rebel slogans against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region.

The troops fired tear gas to quell the protests and brought more reinforcements to impose a security lockdown in the city’s downtown.

Many traders shuttered their shops and businesses in non-curfew areas of the city in solidarity with the rebels.

Hundreds participated in the funeral of one of the slain militants in Srinagar while chanting pro-freedom slogans. A group of young men briefly clashed with soldiers after the rebel’s burial.

No one was reported injured.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir to become independent or merge with Pakistan. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels’ cause against Indian rule despite a decades-long military crackdown to fight the armed rebellion.

India has accused Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.

Rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian forces in recent years and public opposition to Indian rule is now principally expressed through street protests.

Woman Killed as Indian Troops Battle Kashmir Rebels

July 1, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — Police say a woman has been killed and several others injured during anti-India protests and clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir that erupted after government forces launched an operation against rebels in the disputed region.

Police say Indian troops on Saturday came under fire from militants as soldiers laid a cordon around southern Dyalgam village.

Senior officer Muneer Ahmed Khan says after a brief exchange of gunfire, militants took a refuge inside a home where some civilians were also trapped. He says the woman was killed in the crossfire.

Intense clashes followed as hundreds of civilians marched near the gunbattle site in solidarity with rebels while demanding an end to Indian rule over the region.

India and Pakistan control part of Kashmir, but both claim the disputed territory in its entirety.

Indian soldiers guard a border fence at an outpost along the line of control in Suchit-Garh

File Photo — Indian soldiers guard a border fence at an outpost along the line of control in Suchit-Garh. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

Anti-India Protests Erupt in Nepal Over Shooting Death on Border

March 10, 2017

KATHMANDU — Indian border guards killed a Nepali citizen over a local dispute in a rare shooting at the border, Nepal’s government said, prompting anti-India protests in the area and in the national capital on Friday.

India and Nepal share a 1,751-km (1,094 miles) long and open border and thousands of people cross over each day to work and trade, but Nepali politicians have often accused India of meddling in its affairs.

Dozens of people were protesting over a damaged culvert in Nepal’s Anandabazaar near the border with India on Thursday when Indian border guards opened fire, killing a 25-year-old man, a government statement said.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman said India’s border guards had opened an inquiry and had asked Nepal to provide a forensic and post mortem report on the victim.

It said officials from the two countries had met and agreed to take steps to maintain calm.

But on Friday, fresh protests erupted in Anandabazaar, which is 477 km (298 miles) southwest of Kathmandu, with an even bigger group of Nepalis attacking a local government office, Home Ministry spokesman Bal Krishna Panthi said.

“The area is tense,” a police official in the region said.

Another group of demonstrators tried to march on the Indian embassy in Kathmandu in protest over the shooting, but were stopped by police, leading to scuffles, police official Chhabi Lal said.

Nepal’s ties with India were strained towards the end of 2015 and into last year after it blamed India for tacitly supporting a months-long blockade on fuel and goods by Indian-origin plainspeople who are opposed to Nepal’s constitution.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)


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A Nepalese man was killed when Indian border guards allegedly opened fire following a dispute over the construction of a culvert on Sano Khola river along the frontier with India, local residents said on Thursday.

The Indian embassy in Kathmandu denied any firing by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel deployed on the Indian side of the border and said there is a need to “maintain calm”.

The incident occurred in Kanchanpur district in southwestern Nepal that borders India’s Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh states.

Govinda Gautam, 20, of Punarbas municipality in Kanchanpur district, was hit by shots allegedly fired by SSB personnel from Sampurnanagar outpost, local residents said. He died while being taken to hospital.

After Gautam’s death, hundreds of people demonstrated outside the hospital where his body was kept. Personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force were deployed in the area to control the situation.

In response to queries from the local media, the Indian embassy said in a statement that “it is categorically denied that there was any incident of firing by Sashastra Seema Bal”.

The SSB, which is under India’s home ministry, is responsible for guarding the India-Nepal border.

A dispute erupted in the area after a border pillar went missing some time ago, and both sides have made claims and counter claims over some pieces of land.

The Nepalese side was building the culvert in an area that is claimed by the Indian side. The situation became tense on Thursday after SSB personnel, who were accompanied by residents of the Indian border town of Basahi, allegedly fired in the air.

Nepalese residents said the SSB personnel contended that digging for the culvert was being done in Indian territory.

The Indian embassy’s statement said there is a “need to maintain calm and let survey officials of both sides discuss the location of border pillars before any construction work is undertaken”. It added that officials had been directed to cooperate to “defuse the situation”.

Manohar Prasad Khanal, the chief district officer of Kanchanpur, told the local media that Nepalese nationals in the border area had been protesting since the morning after Indian authorities objected to the construction of the culvert.

Local residents also accused the SSB personnel of manhandling Nepalese citizens living in the border areas and shutting the border.

The construction of the culvert was started on Wednesday after an agreement was reached by the two sides following a dispute that lasted more than a month.


Unrest Flares at Nepal-India Border After Fatal Shooting of Nepali

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Protests flared on Friday along the border between Nepal and India, a day after Indian security forces fatally shot a Nepali man who was protesting their presence on disputed territory.

Indian troops had prevented the Nepalis from completing the construction of a culvert in the disputed area, setting off the protest.

A day after the killing of the man, Govinda Gautam, 25, thousands of Nepali protesters gathered and chanted anti-Indian slogans, demanding that the construction of culvert be completed and that the land be returned to Nepal’s control.

Indian border forces opened fire with tear gas shells and live ammunition as the protesters approached. Some of the protesters threw stones at the Indian forces.

Nepal’s paramilitary forces and the police were also deployed in the disputed area. They used tear gas in an effort to prevent protesters from crossing the border. Witnesses said there were more than 10,000 protesters. Other demonstrators rallied outside the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, the capital.

“The area is tense,” said Manohar Khanal, the chief district officer in Kanchanpur, which is by the border. “We are trying to normalize the situation by calling an all-party meeting, but in vain.”

Nepal’s government on Friday described Mr. Gautam as a martyr. Mr. Gautam was a migrant worker and had recently returned from Qatar on leave when he became involved in the protest. He had been intending to return to Qatar in about two weeks. He had a wife and three daughters.