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Shopian firing: 6 LeT terrorists killed; Kashmir protests: 10 developments

Shopian case: Massive clashes erupted at several areas in south Kashmir on Monday morning to protest the Shopian killings

Shopian Case

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Yasin Malik
JKLF Chief and Senior Hurriyat Leader Yasin Malik detained by police in Srinagar | PTI Photo

Shopian firing: The situation in South Kashmir's Shopian district was tense after the police on Monday recovered two more bodies, raising the death toll in last night's firing incident on a vehicle to six. The J&K police recovered the body of another militant, identified as Ashiq Hussain Bhat of Lashkar-e-Taiba, seven km from Pahnoo where the Army had fired upon two vehicles. The Army claimed that the slain youths were militants and their associates. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has put a hold the investigation into the death of three civilians killed in the Shopian firing case in Jammu and Kashmir in January.

Here are top 10 developments

1. All those killed in Shopian firing linked to militancy, says Army

A defence spokesperson said soldiers deployed at the mobile vehicle check post (MVCP) in Trenz-Pinjoora road near Pahnoo village were fired upon by occupants in two speeding vehicles.

At around 8 pm, two speeding vehicles were seen approaching the checkpoint from the direction of Trenz village, he said.

The vehicles continued to move despite being signalled to stop by the troops. The soldiers flashed search lights towards the approaching vehicles, but the occupants opened heavy firing from both the vehicles, the spokesperson added.

"Own troops, in self defence, responded to the same with fire. In the ensuing gun fight, one terrorist firing from one of the vehicles was hit and he fell off the vehicle. The vehicle veered off the road towards the nala (stream) and the second vehicle sped off," he said.

Police detained Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik after he tried to stage a protest against the alleged killing of civilians in Shopian firing.

Malik, along with his supporters, reached Budshah bridge here and tried to march towards Lal Chowk.



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First Published: Mon, March 05 2018. 19:23 IST