Srinagar, October 14: Indian troops killed two militants and one civilian in a military operation and injured over thirty people in Litter area of Pulwama south Kashmir, today.
The troops killed two militants, Waseem Shah and Naseer Ahmed, during a gunfight. The killings led to massive demonstrations in the area. Indian police and troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring dozens of them. One of the critically injured Gulzar Ahmed Mir was rushed to a hospital in Srinagar but succumbed to his injuries on the way.
Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Wasim Shah and Nasir Ahmed at their ancestral villages in south Kashmir. Witnesses said that the funeral prayers of Wasim Shah were offered at least five times in Heff village to accommodate the big number of people. Similar scenes were witnessed at the funeral of Nasir Ahmad in Litter village of Pulwama. Four rounds of funeral prayers were held for him to accommodate the thousands of mourners. Pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were raised as the bodies of the slain youth were being taken towards the graveyard.
Meanwhile, the authorities suspended mobile internet services in Pulwama district to prevent people from sharing information about the situation in Litter area. Hurriyat leaders and organizations in their statements paid glowing tributes to martyred Waseem Shah and Naseer Ahmed.
On the other hand, people took to the streets in Boniyar area of Uri, today, after Indian police took custody of an alleged braid-chopper following a braid-cutting incident. Seven people sustained pellet injuries after the police fired pellets and teargas shells on the protesters. The authorities continued to keep the educational institutions in Srinagar shut on the third consecutive day, today, to stop students from holding demonstrations against the braid-cutting incidents. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, talking to media in Srinagar said that at least 350 cases of braid-chopping had been reported so far in Kashmir.
The authorities again shifted the detained Hurriyat leader, Sarjan Barkati, to Srinagar Central Jail after keeping him at Police Station Heerpora in Shopian for 25 days.