Militants slaughter 4 civilians
15 May 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Even as two militants have been trapped in a gunbattle in Kulgam area of south Kashmir this evening, suspected militants have slaughtered four abducted civilians in Bandipore and Rafiabad area in north Kashmir since last evening. Meanwhile five persons, including a CRPF soldier, were injured when militants hurled a grenade towards a paramilitary picket in downtown area of Srinagar this evening. Informed sources told the EXCELSIOR that Police today recovered dead bodies of two civilians, Mumtaz Ahmed Mir S-o Yaqoob Mir R-o Brar and Ghulam Qadir Lone S-o Ghulam Ahmed Lone R-o Chittibandi, Bandipore, from Argam village in Bandipore. Both had been reportedly kidnapped by militants from their respective places of residence on May 12. They seemed to have been tortured and slaughtered to death. Whereabouts of two more abducted persons, Constable Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of 6th Battalion, India Reserve Police and driver Javed Ahmad, were still not known. Mushtaq and Javed were abducted by militants from the same village on May 7. In an identical incident, Police recovered the throat-slit bodies of two civilians, Nazir Ahmed Bhat S-o Gaffar Bhat R-o Marhatgam Langet and Mohammad Maqbool War S-o Abdul Aziz War R-o Suyan Saadnar Rafiabad from Batpora Panzla. They too had been kidnapped by militants two days ago. Nazir was reportedly a released militant who had set up a shop. Sources said that on a specific information, regarding the presence of two militants, SOG Kulgam and troops of RR 62 Bn, launched a cordon-and-search operation at Nunmai village in Yaripora area of Kulgam this evening. Two militants got trapped at the house of one Bashir Ahmed. A gunbattle began which was in progress till reports last came in. Here in the capital city, suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade towards a CRPF picket at Braripora in Safakadal area of downtown this evening. It exploded on the road, causing injuries to one soldier and four civilians. The injured were rushed to hospital. The injured were head constable, Ram Kumar, and two civilians Javed Ahmed of Nawab Bazar and Ghulam Qadir Beigh of Qamarwari Srinagar who have been admitted to hospital for treatment, while as two others who sustained minor injuries were discharged after first aid. A CRPF vehicle HR26H-7924 was mildly damaged in the incident. Meanwhile, people in downtown area of Babademb Nowpora staged protest demonstrations against the missing of a 9th standard student of Lawrence Vidya Bhawan, Rajbagh. The protestors alleged that Aamir Abbas Parray S-o Maqsood Ali Parray R-o Tangh Bagh Nowpora had gone missing since May 1 and Police had failed to trace him. His family members said that he had left his home on May 1, for jogging and hadn't returned his home since then. The family members alleged that though a missing report had been lodged with police but nothing has come their way to trace the missing youth. The worried family members and neighbors staged protests on Monday morning and blocked the Babademb link road to Lal Chowk for the vehicular movement.