In­dian Army kills two mil­i­tants in Kash­mir

The Congress party blames the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party for the rise in mil­i­tancy in the state

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Sri­na­gar, In­dia - Two mil­i­tants were killed in the north­ern state of Jammu and Kash­mir on Satur­day as the In­dian Army foiled an in­fil­tra­tion bid along the Line of Con­trol (LoC), the Indo-Asian News Ser­vice re­ported.

The mil­i­tants were killed in Machil sec­tor of the LoC in the Kup­wara dis­trict of the state where in­fil­tra­tors tried to en­ter the val­ley, In­dia’s De­fence Min­istry of­fi­cials said.

“Two ter­ror­ists have been killed. Alert troops of the army foiled the in­fil­tra­tion bid. Weapons and war­like stores have been re­cov­ered from the slain ter­ror­ists,” they said.

On Thurs­day, forces in the state killed a top mil­i­tant blamed for the mur­der of eight Hindu pil­grims two months ago. Sol­diers and po­lice shot dead Abu Is­mael - a top mil­i­tant of the Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) group - in an en­counter in Nowgam, on the out­skirts of Sri­na­gar, the state cap­i­tal.

Po­lice of­fi­cials last month said their in­ves­ti­ga­tions found that the LeT and Kash­miri ac­com­plices were be­hind the July 10 at­tack that saw mil­i­tants open fire on a bus car­ry­ing Hin­dus, who were re­turn­ing from the an­nual Amar­nath pil­grim­age.

“Amar­nath Ya­tra (pil­grim­age) at­tack master­mind ter­ror­ist Abu Is­mael killed in an en­counter at Aarigam, Nowgam,” army spokesman Aman Anand said via text mes­sage.

A Kash­mir po­lice of­fi­cial said that Is­mael and his as­so­ciate were ‘ in­ter­cepted in an open field and killed’ af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip-off on their lo­ca­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties in Kash­mir snapped mo­bile In­ter­net ser­vices af­ter Is­mael’s killing, fear­ing an out­break of protests.

The July at­tack was the worst in the Hi­malayan re­gion since 2000, when gun­men fired on a group of Hindu pil­grims and killed 32 peo­ple in­clud­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers.

LeT has been blamed for a string of deadly at­tacks in­side In­dia, most no­tably the Mum­bai carnage in Novem­ber 2008 when heav­ily armed gun­men bat­tled commandos on the streets of the fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal, killing 166 peo­ple.

The main op­po­si­tion party, the Congress, blamed the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the rise in the mil­i­tancy in the state. Congress leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad said, “One sol­dier was be­headed dur­ing the United Pro­gres­sive Al­liance (UPA) govern­ment in Jammu and Kash­mir by ter­ror­ists and the BJP ex­ploited the is­sue to the hilt against the Congress. Such in­ci­dents have also taken place dur­ing Modi govern­ment and they do not talk about it now.”

He was speak­ing to the me­dia af­ter Congress lead­ers ar­rived in Sri­na­gar to in­ter­act with ‘like­minded’ peo­ple to find a way for­ward to end vi­o­lence in the state.


Para­mil­i­tary troop­ers stand guard as a girl walks near a mosque in Sri­na­gar, the cap­i­tal of Jammu and Kash­mir state, on Fri­day

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