Bloody Friday: 11 Killings In One Day Proves Kashmir Is On Edge

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The bodies drenched in the blood were lying on road for half an hour, according to senior police official before they were evacuated by the personals of Special Operation Group (SOG).

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Srinagar: In an unprecedented increase in the violence graph as many as eleven people including seven cops, two civilians and three militants got killed in the bloodiest day on Friday in various parts of Kashmir.

The violence has triggered the complete panic across the valley with security forces triggering high alert at all the security installations based in the Kashmir.

Initially in the day, two civilians lost their lives after security forces fired upon them after they tried to help the trapped militants to escape in Arwani village of Bijhbehara town of south Kashmir.

The victim duo Mohammad Ashraf (22) of Arwani village and class 8th student Ehsan Mushtaq Dar of Shamsipora of Kulgam district received the bullet injuries and were brought dead to the local hospital.  Thirty more civilians were also injured at the encounter spot for obstructing the counter insurgency operation launched jointly by the Army, police and paramilitary forces. In an encounter three militants including a top commander Junaid Matoo was also killed.

However, few hours later the militants in the deadliest shoot-out killed six policemen including Station House Officer (SHO) in Thajjiwara village of Acchabal. The deadly attack took place six kilometres away from main town Anantnag at 6 pm. The Pakistan based Lashker-e-toiba claimed responsibility of attack.   

The policeman were returning from the deployment in evening in a local tata sumo after it was intercepted by the group of militants and resorted to indiscriminate firing. The militants also decamped with the four service rifles of the slain cops from the spot of an incident.

Interestingly, all the attacks were carried out in the militancy infested area of South Kashmir.

 The slain SHO, has been identified as Feroz Dar of Dogripora, Awantipora.

According to sources, the militants initially punctured the tyres of the cab while pumping bullets into it. As the cab came to halt, the militants cordoned off the cab and fired inside it from point blank range into the heads of the cops killing them all on the spot. “Not a single bullet was fired by the cops in retaliation.”   

The bodies drenched in the blood were lying on road for half an hour, according to senior police official before they were evacuated by the personals of Special Operation Group (SOG).

 “In fact the SOG personals also didn’t visit the spot initially fearing an attack on them from the militants. However, after the area was sanitized the bodies of slain cops were removed,” the official said.        

Following the spurt in attacks and killings, the situation is completely tense in South Kashmir region.

Reports suggest that scores of cops have been mulling either to resign from their job or trying to get transferred from the militancy infested region.   

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