5 militants, 5 civilians killed in gunfight, clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir

It is déjà vu 2016 unrest in Kashmir!

It is déjà vu 2016 unrest in Kashmir!

Five militants were killed fighting Indian troops, while five civilians were shot dead during clashes that broke out after the gunfight in village Badigam of Shopian, 62 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Kashmir University professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat went missing on Friday, leaving his parents, friends, colleagues and students anxious. Five civilians were killed, one a teenage boy, and at least 50 others were wounded, police and doctors said.

Muslim separatists have been waging a violent campaign against Indian rule since the late 1980s in Indian-held Kashmir, the only Muslim majority state in mostly Hindu India.

Several protesters suffered pellet injuries as they made vain attempts to help the holed up militants in escaping by pelting stones at the forces who had laid siege of the village following inputs about the presence of militants there.

Third civilian, Adil Ahmed Sheikh, a resident of Kulgam district sustained a bullet injury during clashes with government forces near the encounter site and later succumbed to injuries at Shopian.

In the initial firefight, one SOG personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Anil Kumar, and army soldier of 44 RR were injured.

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The Hizbul Mujahideen group that ushered in militancy's social media chapter in the Valley met its death Sunday with the killing of its last active member, Saddam Paddar, in an encounter.

Fearing law and order problems on the campus, the University of Kashmir has suspended classwork for two days.

A statement by the University of Kashmir on Saturday said the sociology teacher, Mohammed Rafi Bhat, had been missing since Friday. He refused, the police said. "Five bodies of terrorists recovered", said Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid.

The troops had martyred the three youth during a violent cordon and search operation in Chattabal area of Srinagar.

The Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists on Sunday asked people to march to the chief minister's office in Srinagar on Monday to protest against the bloodshed. He had completed his Ph.D programme on whole time basis in the Department of Sociology after successfully defending his thesis entitled "Globalization and emerging trends in Consumerism: A comparative study of rural and urban Kashmir".