Two Kashmiri militants, couple killed in violence
12 September 2006
The News International
Srinagar: Indian soldiers killed two militants along the Line of Control (LoC) and made a big weapons haul, the army said on Tuesday, as suspected militants killed a couple. Jamal-u-Din, 50, and his wife, Gudoo Begam, 45, were asleep early on Tuesday when militants raided their home and shot them dead in Rajouri district, police said. The motive for the killings was not known, a security force spokesman said here. The militants were killed late on Monday trying to cross into Azad Kashmir, an army statement said. The militants refused a demand by Indian soldiers to surrender and opened fire, triggering a gunbattle, the statement said. The arms cache was found along the LoC, the army said. It included detonators, explosives, grenade launchers and grenades, anti-tank grenades, bombs, explosive devices and ammunition rounds. The grenades and ammunition were present in three forest hideouts to be used in the winter by the militants against security forces in north Kashmir, the statement said. Also on Tuesday, militants set off an explosive device near the convoy of a local politician in Shirpora village, said local police chief SP Pani. Two bystanders were wounded, he said. Meanwhile a Kashmiri group held a daylong hunger strike in Srinagar to protest alleged human rights abuses by Indian security forces. Nearly 2,000 people, some holding placards, sat quietly and listened as political leaders of the Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front recited poetry and spoke about the situation in Kashmir. Yasin Malik, chairman of the JKLF, said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to end human rights abuses in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir. The JKLF displayed photographs of at least six people who had been killed by security forces in the last three months.