Srinagar, April 11: Indian troops in their fresh anti-rebel operation killed four protesters including a teenage boy in Kulgam district, today.
According to reports and eyewitnesses, four civilians were killed when the troops opened fire on people protesting near a gunfight site in Khudwani area of the district. Troops blasted the house where they believe rebels were trapped, however no militant bodies were retrieved from the debris of the blasted houses..
A 13-year-old Bilal Ahmad is among the slain. Slain were identified as 1. Sarjeel Sheikh s/o Ab Hameed of Khudwani. 2. Sohail Dar s/o Bashir Dar of Redwani. 3. Bilal Tantrey s/o Nazir Tantrey of Mishipura, Hawura. 4. Faisal Illahi, s/o Gh Rasool Illahi of Melhur, Shopian. Over eighty protesters were injured in firing of bullets and pellets by the troops. Many youth with pellet injuries were shifted to Srinagar hospitals.
The troops were backed by gunship helicopters. One army man was killed and two others were injured in the gunfight.
The killings triggered widespread anti-India protests and clashes between the troops and protesters in across the Valley. Hundreds of students of Kashmir University and colleges raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans hit the streets in all major cities and towns of the territory. Student in district Baramulla and Kupwara held protest and clashes with police against killings.
Tomorrow, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a shutdown across the valley to condemn the killings of civilians in Kulgam. Police arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik when he tried to lead a march towards Lal Chowk in Srinagar. The authorities continued to place Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.
Internet services speed in Srinagar was reduced while train service was suspended in the Valley. The authorities have ordered the closure of all schools and colleges.