İrem UZUN -TDO- According to the Daily Independent’s news, government forces have killed at least five rebels during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, the Indian army and locals reported. It was one of the biggest gun battles this year. The incident have sparked a violent anti-India protests by residents.
A police officer said the operation turned into an encounter after hiding militants fired at the search party, which was retaliated. “The firing continued for almost eight to 10 hours during which the security personnel also faced stone throwing. The firing continued for almost eight to 10 hours during which the security personnel also faced stone throwing. The situation was brought under control by additional forces and suspending the internet,” he said and added that all the five militants hiding in a residential building were killed.
Police didn’t reveal the identity of the slain militants as part of a new strategy, where local ultras are quietly buried at faraway places to avoid huge funerals amid COVID-19 pandemic. However sources identified one of the slain militants as Farooq Asad Nali, a self-styled divisional commander of the Hizbul. He was A++ category militant and had managed to escape from an encounter in the Yaripora area of neighbouring Kulgam district two weeks ago.
Protests and clashes followed as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle. Chanting slogans demanding an end to India's occupation of Kashmir, demonstrators threw stones at police and paramilitary soldiers, who fired shotgun pellets and tear gas. No casualties were immediately reported in the clashes.