The Kashmir issue is one of the most grave concerns that has challenged India for years, without any concrete solution on the issue. What is making matters worse is the rampant killing of innocent civilians falling victims to the erupting clashes.
In what is recorded as the first ever pre-dawn counter-strikes over recent years at least 20 people- 13 terrorists and 3 army personnel were killed and more than 50 people were injured in multiple pre-dawn operations in Shopian and Anantnag districts of Jammu and Kashmir region on Sunday.
In the major counter-offensive operations that took place, the militants killed were responsible for the murder of the army Lieutenant Umar Faiyyaz.
Meanwhile, the security forces imposed ceasefire in parts of Srinagar to maintain the law and order situation in the region. On Saturday night the security was deployed at three places- one in Anantnag and two in Shopian districts- after they were informed about the presence of a bunch of militants.
As per police reports, terrorists were planning an ambush against the security personnel.
As soon as the reports of the pre-dawn crackdown by the army, Central Reserve Police Forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police spread, clash encounters broke out between the security personnel and the civilians who were allegedly trying to protect the terrorists from the impending attacks.
In a counter offensive firing by the security forces, 4 civilians were killed and 50 were injured. Some of the people wounded with pellets were admitted to the hospital.
According to Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid the terrorist encounters took place at three regions,-Draggad, Kachdoora and Dialgam. 7 militants were killed in Draggad, 3 in Kachdoora in Shopian and 1 in Dialgam at Anantnag district.
Out of all the encounters the one at Kachdoora was the toughest, started at the wee hours of Sunday and lasted for 15 hours in which 3 terrorists and four security personnel were killed.
One of the major success of the security forces was the killing of two terrorists-Ahmad Malik and Rayees Thokar who abducted and killed Lieutenant Umar Faiyyaz in May 2017 when the army officer had gone to attend at wedding at Shopian.
Meanwhile, insurgents on Sunday called for a two-day shut down in Kashmir over the killings under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a spokesman of the group said. He said that JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik, had asked people in the Valley to suspend business and other activities and offer funeral prayers in absentia.
Meanwhile Lieutenant General A K Bhatt, the corps commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, updated the news agencies on the counter-insurgency operations: “Excellent synergy has developed between the police, Army, CRFP, and the troops on the ground.” He added that the security forces had been “looking for the terrorists who killed Lt Ummer Fayaz” and that “today (Sunday) we neutralised them”.
Internet and rail services were also suspended in the valley for an indefinite period due to the rampage between the police and the miscreants at various places in Srinagar. Many vehicles were damaged and schools and colleges also remained closed in the valley.
the incidents of unrestrained violence triggered by the separatist groups in Kashmir is gradually on escalations diminishing the thin line between the civilians and the militants.
The simmering sentiments against the centre’s ambiguous stance are gaining prominence.
The Pakistan army also violated ceasefire by unrestrained shelling and firing aiming at forward locations and civilians along the line of control.