The slain civilians were identified as Adil Ahmed of Ashmuji Kulgam, Zubair Ahmed of Ayandgund Rajpora Pulwama, Sajad Rather a resident of Shahpora Dooru at Anantnag district, Nisar Ahmed of Arihal Pulwama and Asif Ahmed Mir of Rahmoo Pulwama. Counterinsurgency officers and soldiers cordoned off the village following intelligence that a group of militants were hiding there, police said. It is ironic that even a peaceful protest is not permitted by the government.
It was the second straight day of intense unrest in the region, which India and Pakistan administer parts of but both claim in its entirety.
Also, in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984.
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New Delhi has deployed some 500,000 soldiers to the disputed region to further boost the security of the borderline and enforce a crackdown on pro-independence demonstrations in its share of Kashmir, where anti-India sentiments are high. Last year, at least 29 civilians were killed and hundreds were wounded during such clashes. Another three men were killed in shootings the police blamed on rebels.
Three civilians were killed on Sunday in clashes with security forces after five militants were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district.
High-speed mobile phone internet service and train services have been suspended in the state. Hundreds of demonstrators tried to reach the site of the standoff and threw rocks at troops in a bid to help the trapped fighters. All the five militants belonged to the HM militant outfit.
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Kashmir University's assistant professor, Rafi Bhat who had turned militant barely 36 hours ago, who shot dead in Shopian encounter.
"We brought his father from his home to persuade him to surrender, but he, like all of them, refused", Vaid said, confirming five rebels died in the firefight. The JRL announced that strike would continue, tomorrow, against the bloodbath in Shopian district. Through unprovoked fire, India is using heavy artillery to target innocent civilians, their properties, livestock and farm holdings in AJK close to LoC.
India accuses Pakistan of fuelling the insurgency, a charge Islamabad denies saying it only provides diplomatic support to Kashmiris' right to self-determination.
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