Kashmir : 10 dead during clashes with police
Five suspected rebels were shot dead by the Indian army in Kashmir on Sunday (May 6th), and five civilians were killed in subsequent protests, local police said. Once they got information about a hideout of mercenaries in the region, the Indian armed forces intervened in the village of Badigam, in the district of Shopian, south of Srinagar, the capital of the region, said the director general of the police, Shesh Paul Vaid.
The terrorists refused to surrender, resulting in violent exchanges of gunfire. Five of them were killed, according to a police source.
Thousands of people on the streets to protest against India’s control over the region
A call to surrender was addressed particularly to a university sociologist, Mohammad Rafi Bhat, who joined the ranks of the rebels on Friday. “We brought his father to persuade him to surrender, but like the others, he refused,” said Shesh Paul Vaid. The University of Kashmir, where he taught, closed for two days, according to a statement from the school.
Among the five rebels killed was also a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a large group of terrorists, according to Shesh Paul Vaid.
Thousands of people took to the streets of southern Kashmir following the incident to show their support for the mercenaries killed and to denounce India’s control over the region, as government forces opened fire to disperse the crowd. This was reported by witnesses and a police representative.
A doctor from Shopian Hospital reported hundreds of people in need of care. “We no longer have basic medicines. There are no more ambulances, “he related. Another spokesman for the police, speaking on condition of anonymity, spoke about thirty injured people at least.
Curfew was introduced on Sunday (May 6th) in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir, and closed internet links in most areas of the region.