Srinagar: Strict restrictions were imposed at various places and internet curfew clamped across the Kashmir Valley on Monday, a day after six people, including four civilians and two militants, were killed in force’s action in south Kashmir Shopian district.
While the Government forces claim that all those killed were militants or their over ground workers, locals alleged that four of them were unarmed civilians.
Four were confirmed dead on Sunday night and two more bodies were recovered on Monday morning, police said.
Police said they recovered the bullet-ridden body of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Ashiq Hussain Bhat at Saidpora area in Shopian, about 6 km from the firing spot. He was missing since November 13, 2017.
“Preliminary investigation suggest that Bhat’s death was part of Sunday’s gunfight in Pahnoo village. Further investigation is on,” a police officer said.
The body of another civilian, Gowhar Ahmad Lone, 24, was also found on Monday morning, some 250 metres away the gunfight site.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was “deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian” and expressed her “heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s families”.
Fearing street protests, the authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city and south Kashmir region amid a shutdown call by the pro-freedom leaders.
The State Public Service Commission ordered the cancellation of Monday’s civil services exams in the state.
Internet and rail services were suspended in south Kashmir while as shops, other businesses and public transport remained shut in Srinagar.
Yasin Malik, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief, was arrested from Srinagar.
Kashmir witnessed large scale protests during an uprising triggered after the killing of a popular militant commander, Burhan Wani in 2016.
The valley also witnessed students uprising in 2017.