Monday, February 14, 2011
Srinagar, Feb 14, 2011: Three members of a family were killed and two others injured when an unexploded shell went off in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, February, 14, 2011.
Five months before a fierce encounter between Muslim militants and Indian army had taken place here and heavy army shelling had destroyed a militant hide-out resulting in the death of two militants.
Reports said that 14 year old Noor Muhammad Bhat, son of a scrap dealer was trying to hammer an unexploded shell mistaking it for used ammunition, when it went off with a bang late on Sunday. The explosion blew up Noor and his 11 year old sister Bisma in the smithereens. Their 4 year-old sibling Muskaan, grievously injured, succumbed at a hospital on Monday, February, 14, 2011. Their mother and another of their sisters were battling for lives in hospitals in Srinagar. The police suspect the children might had lifted the explosive from the river bed near the encounter site.
On October 21, last year, there was an encounter between the militants and the security forces in Maloora. The operation headed by the police was supported by the army and CRPF. The security forces used shells and the militants hurled grenades during the exchange of fire. Some three houses were damaged in the gun-battle.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Srinagar, Feb 11: Complete shutdown was observed Friday across the Valley on the 27th anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat’s hanging in Tihar Jail. At least a dozen activists of pro-freedom groups were detained and five persons wounded in clashes during protest rallies held here for demanding return of the mortal remains of the pro-freedom ideologue.
Muhammad Maqbool Bhat was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1984.
All the shops, business establishments and many government offices remained closed while traffic was off the roads in the city on the call of pro-freedom groups.
Large contingent of police and paramilitary CRPF men were deployed in strength in volatile downtown and Maisuma area of the city to prevent pro-freedom protests.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front led by its vice-chairman Bashir Ahmed Bhat took out a protest rally from Madeena Chowk Maisuma after Friday prayers.
Raising pro-freedom slogans, the party activists were demanding return of the mortal remains of Bhat. As they tried to march towards Lal Chowk, the police detained seven leaders of the party including Bashir Ahmed Bhat, Showkat Bakshi, Shiekh Abdur Rashid and Yasin Bhat.
The arrests sparked violent clashes in the area in which five persons were wounded. Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that scores of activists of JKLF took to streets after arrests and clashed with cops. The policemen fired teargas canisters and baton-charged the protesters. The locals alleged that cops also broke the windowpanes of several houses in the area.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Troops Kill Handwara Youth, Massive Protests Erupt
Srinagar, Feb 05, KONS: Barely hours after the state’s unified command claimed an improvement in the situation here, Kashmir lurched dangerously again as the army gunned down a young villager in Handwara, triggering off massive protests in the area on Saturday with thousands demanding a high-level inquiry and exemplary punishment for those responsible.
The army, against whom a case of murder has been registered by the police, has expressed deep regret at the fatality, and conveyed condolence to the victim’s family, saying that he had walked into a night ambush along with another person and fled when told to surrender, prompting the troops to open fire on what they thought were militants.
But the family of Manzoor Ahmad Magray, 21, whose bullet-riddled body was recovered near a local stream this morning, claims that he was snatched from his home by the army and shot dead in a fake encounter.
The chief minister, Omar Abdullah, rushed from Jammu to the victim’s native Gund Chogal village in Handwara along with the inspector general of police (IGP) for Kashmir, SM Sahay, for condolence to the bereaved family, and assured a thorough inquiry into the killing, vowing not to allow such incidents to recur during his government.
Earlier, thousands of people from a number of villages surrounding Chogal had surged there after Magray’s body was found by the Pahru river this morning, taking the slain youth to the Kulangam Chowk to hold outraged demonstrations against the army.
Chanting death to the killers, and raising pro-freedom slogans, the massive demonstration demanded a high-level inquiry into the killing, and blocked the Sopore Kupwara Road for hours.