J&K: Two terrorists killed in Shopian encounter, search operation underway
20 December, 2017, 01:19
Tension gripped south Kashmir on Tuesday after two top Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed in an encounter in an overnight operation and a 24-year-old woman died in the cross-fire in Bata Murran village of Shopian district.
Police officials said that the "anti-militancy operation" was stopped after a heavy exchange of fire due to darkness and extreme cold.
The police are searching the site.
"While the gunfight was going on, thousands of civilians, mostly youth, from neighbouring villages assembled and started marching towards the gunfight site. The civilians threw stones and bricks at them triggering clashes". The civilian killed has been identified as Beauty Jan. The ding-dong battles continued for several hours. "A lady with a bullet injury in her abdomen was brought to our hospital who was referred to SMHS hospital in a critical condition, " he added.
The deceased has been identified as Ruby Jaan, 30, locally known as Beauty Jaa, wife of Manzoor Ahmad Mir from Batmurran Shoipian.
Police said the woman died in the crossfire.
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Inspector general of police said in a statement, "Bodies of two terrorists recovered but the third one is still alive and is present in a house, he started firing again a few minutes back". Three militants were also killed in that operation. She succumbed on her way to the hospital.
The police claimed that the killed militants were "involved in a number of militant incidents including the recent attack on the vehicle of J&K Bank near Poju Shopian on 11th of December 2017 in which two bank guards were killed".
The killings have invited sharp criticism from the resistance leadership led by octogenarian senior leader Syed Ali Geelani, and including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir have called for a complete shutdown on Wednesday to protest the killing of the civilians. The surge in violence comes after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Kashmir when a popular rebel leader was killed over a year ago.
Jammu and Kashmir have witnessed a rise in civilian casualties this year.
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