Resistance camp pays tributes to killed civilians, militants

A policeman was shot dead outside his house in Kulgam

A policeman was shot dead outside his house in Kulgam

Five terrorists came to the funeral of Junaid Mattoo, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir.

On Friday morning, joint forces launched cordon around few residential house in Arwani, where he and his two associates were hiding.

In a brazen display which shows how the Valley has been pushed back to the turmoil days of the "90's, groups of militants appeared in south Kashmir on Saturday to offer 'gun salutes" to their fallen comrades.

Those killed include Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Junaid Matoo, two other militants, two civilians, eight policemen and one soldier.

Local media reports said militants looted the service rifles of policemen following the attack. Mattoo had joined militant ranks in 2015 and was made Lashkar district commander after the killing of Majid Zarger. Such was the rush of the mourners that eight rounds of funeral prayers were held for Mattoo.

Besides, three militants, two civilians were also killed near the encounter site yesterday when security forces fired on protestors during clashes in the area.

The other two militants killed in the encounter were identified as Nasir Wani of Heff village in Shopian and Adil Mushtaq Mir of Frestbal Pampore.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday condemned terrorist attack on a police party in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag in which as many as six police personnel were killed.

Khar, a resident of Kharpora Arwani area, was rushed to the district hospital at Bijbehara where he was declared brought dead, police said. Shops and educational institutions were closed, and public transport was not running in these places.

Villagers strongly contest the police version and said the civilians were killed and wounded after being hit by bullets and shotgun pellets fired by government forces to scare away the protesters shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

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