Srinagar: Two armed rebels have been killed in the Kashmir region in the nocturnal gunfights that raged in the volatile Pulwama district and Baramulla district of the region.
According to Indian police the gunfights broke out in the intervening night of June 20 and June 21.
While the identity of the slain is yet to be disclosed by the Indian authorities, they said that the two rebels have been killed in the ongoing operations.
In south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, armed rebels and Indian forces exchanged gunfire in Tujjan area, leading to the killing of one armed youth. While as in the volatile north Kashmir’s Baramulla district another rebel was killed in Tulibal area under police district Sopore jurisdictions.
The Indian forces have claimed to have killed at least 7 armed youth in 24 hours day before, including a youth who was arrested earlier. They claimed that the youth could not be extracted from an hideout he had identified in the Lolab area of Kupwara district, where hiding militants opened fire triggering firefight.
Earlier in 2021, a detainee Zia Mustafa serving 18 years incarceration was taken to Jammu region to identify hideout of militants. Indian authorities later claimed that he too got stuck in the firefight and his body was later retrieved.
In another incident a youth Naveed Abrar was detained by Indian forces and later killed in same fashion. He too, as claimed by Indian forces, has identified a hideout. During a bust raid he got trapped in the gunfight and died due to fatal fire shots.
Indian authorities have come under scrutiny due to such operations and using such harsh methods to subdue the populations.
Fresh killings has taken the death toll to nine in two days in the fragile Jammu and Kashmir valley where Indian authorities are battling a rebellious population against the Indian rule over the internationally accepted disputed region.