SRINAGAR, Indian administrated Kashmir — Indian forces on Friday killed two suspected rebels in a gunbattle and wounded seven civilians later during anti-India protests in southern Kashmir, curfew has been imposed by authorities in the Pulwama after clashes .
In the meantime, as the cop who was injured in the encounter was being shifted to a hospital, the people who had gathered at Pulwama chowk started shouting anti-India slogans. “The protestors suspected that the army was carrying the body of the slain militant and they started shouting slogans. The Army opened fire, resulting severe damage to a Sumo vehicle,” an eyewitness told Kashmir Life.
He added that at least six people were injured in forces’ action in Pulwama. Police spokesman, however, denied the reports and said that army fired a few shots in air which caused no damage. The situation in the town is tense and a large number of police and CRPF personnel have been deployed.
“Two army officers and one policeman were injured in the fighting in Chandigam, a village 45 kilometers (30 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city in the Indian portion of Kashmir, said a police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
A police statement said those killed were Kashmiri cadres of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based rebel group that New Delhi accuses of staging a string of deadly attacks on India’s financial capital of Mumbai in 2008. There was no independent account of the fighting and no rebel group has claimed involvement so far.
After the gunbattle, hundreds of villagers took to the streets chanting “We want freedom” and “Go India, go back,” protesting government forces besieging them.
The police statement said officers shot and wounded seven civilians in the crowd after protesters threw rocks at police. Those injured were hospitalized but their conditions were not available.
The protest spread to neighboring Pulwama town, which was put under curfew.
Later Friday, the government ordered an inquiry into troops firing on the protesters with findings to be submitted within two weeks, said Shafat Noor, a state administrator.
The Himalayan region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, and both countries claim it in its entirety.
Indian troops have largely suppressed an armed uprising launched in 1989, but public opposition to Indian rule still runs deep in Kashmir and is now mostly expressed in street protests where rock-throwing protesters and troops frequently face off.
Kashmiris offering sacrifices for a just cause: Rehmani
Islamabad, December 28 :The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has paid rich tributes to the two Kashmiri youth killed by Indian troops during a siege and search operation at Bubgam in Pulwama.Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement said that the people of Kashmir were offering supreme sacrifices for the Kashmir cause and they would take the liberation movement to its logical conclusion.
He also denounced the demolition of residential house of a civilian by Indian troops and injuring of several youth including Showkat Ahmad Mir, Jan Muhammad Mir, Gohar Ahmad Mir, Ashiq Hussain Mir, Sohail Ahmad Malik and Muhammad Yasin Butt during protests in the area terming it the worst kind of state terrorism.
Farooq Rehmani appealed to the international community to take notice of continued human rights violations by the Indian forces in the occupied territory and play an effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.