More deadly unrest in Kashmir
A POLICE paramilitary commander was shot dead in Kashmir’s main city while at least two suspected separatist militants were killed in gun battles yesterday as violence flared in the disputed Himalayan region on Indian Independence Day.
The unnamed commander was critically injured in an ambush and died in hospital, a senior officer of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) confirmed to AFP, adding that two other members of the force were in a critical condition.
Two of the attackers are believed to have died in the gunfight in the Nowhatta locality.
Authorities have imposed a curfew in large parts of Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state, since July 9 during an upsurge in violence sparked by the killing of a top militant.
CRPF spokesperson Bhuvesh Chaudhary said the slain commander was one of nine paramilitaries who were ambushed in two attacks in Nowhatta and there had been another shooting a few kilometres away.
Kashmir has been under a curfew since protests broke out over the death last month of the popular young rebel leader Burhan Wani in a gunfight with security forces.
More than 50 civilians have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces, and thousands more injured in the region’s worst violence since 2010.