31 killed in Valley, 13 militants die in LoC encounters
31 August 2001
The Asian Age
Srinagar: As many as 31 people died across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, a day when a general strike called by the Hurriyat Conference against alleged human rights violations by security forces threw life out of gear. The police said 13 militants were killed in two separate encounters with security forces in Muthal Gali close to the Line of Control in Kupwara district and the neighbouring Dardpora district. A civilian identified as Gulam Mohiddin also died in one of these incidents, they added. Gunmen barged into the house of one Muhammad Abdullah Dar at Garoora in Bandipore area of Baramulla district late on Thursday night and opened fire killing him, his son Javeed Ahmed and daughter-in-law, Mehbooba. His wife Hajra was seriously injured in the shooting. The police blamed militants for the incident and said that inquiries revealed that two members of the Lashkar-e- Tayyaba were killed inside the slain villagersí house in an attack by security forces on July 14. A report from Poonch said 10 militants were killed in clashes at different places on Friday. The police confirmed that encounters were underway but refused to give out the casualty figure. Five children were also injured in an explosion while grazing cattle in Zeran woods near Gulmarg in Baramulla district the police said, adding one of them identified as Farooq Ahmed Najar succumbed in hospital later. Another report said the victims were fiddling with the explosive when it went off. Militants shot dead a physical instructor, Merajuddin Dar at Panzgam in central district of Budgam and at Manigam in Ganderbal area outside Srinagar, the police arrested his namesake, a militant. Meanwhile, shops and other businesses across the Valley and some parts of Jammu were closed on Friday in response to a general strike call issued by the Hurriyat Conference. Only skeleton transport services plied in the affected cities and towns.