Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed the killing of 17 persons in militancy-related incidents in the first two months of the current year, KNT reported.
Apart from the 17 killings, a civilian who was shot at by suspected militants in December last year succumbed to his injuries. The youth, Nadif Hanief Khan, a of Bilal colony Soura, was critically injured when gunmen fired at him in Soura area of Srinagar city in the first week of December last year.
The data available with KNT reveals that there was only one civilian killing in the first 2 months of this year. The civilian killed by suspected militants was Akash Mehra who would run an eatery on Dalgate-Sonwar Road in Srinagar. Police arrested 3 persons in the case.
Before the ceasefire agreement last week, at least 4 army personnel were killed in cross-LoC shelling in Nowshera Sector of Sunderbani Rajouri and Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch. They were identified as Sepoy Ravindra, Hawaldar Nirmal Singh, Nishant Sharma and Sepoy Laxman.
A soldier, Deepak Kumar, from Haryana, affiliated with 24 Rashtriya Rifles, was killed in an IED blast in Subhanpora Shamsipora area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Three soldiers were injured in the blast.
In January and February this year, 8 militants were killed in 3 different gunfights with government forces. Three local Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants, Waris Hassan of Naibugh Tral, Arif Bashir of Monghama Tral and Syed Asif-ul-Haq of Noorpora Tral were killed in a brief gunfight at Mandora Tral.
Three militants — Suhail Sheikh alias Azeem, son of Abdul Ghani Sheikh, a resident of Turkwangam; Shahid Ahmad Dar alias Furkan, son of Bashir Ahmad Dar, a resident of Samboora Awantipora; and Mudasir Ahmad Wagay, son of Fayaz Ahmad Wagay, a resident of Chak Sangren, affiliated with Al-Badr, were killed in a gunfight at Badigam Shopian.
Two militants — Junaid Ahmed of Shopian and an unidentified one — were killed in Shalgul Srigufwara forest area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Besides, two militants surrendered before government forces during a gunfight in Lelhar Kakapora area of Pulwama.
Three policemen were also killed in two militancy related incidents.
A policeman, Altaf Najar of Kherigund Chadura, was killed in Peth Zanigam village of Budgam in a brief exchange of fire.
Two policemen — Muhammad Yousuf Bajad, son of Sai Muhammad, a resident of Zurhama Kupwara, and Constable Suhail Ahmad Lohar, son of Mushtaq Ahmed Lohar, of Logripora Ashmuqam Anantnag, were killed in Barzulla hit and run attack.
Last year, 25 militants, 4 troopers, a cop, a trooper, 2 army porters and 3 civilians were killed in the first two months of the year. (KNT)