Shopian gunfight aftermath: Kashmir University suspends class work for two days

Shopian (Jammu and Kashmir), May 06 (ANI): At least four terrorists have been killed in an encounter between security forces and terrorists in Shopian's Badigam area on Sunday.

The security forces including Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had surrounded Badigam following a tip-off about the presence of militants.

Widespread violent clashes and security forces' firing have allegedly left five civilians dead and over 20 injured on Sunday in parts of Shopian district, where five local militants were killed earlier in the day.

The slain militants have been identified as Saddam Paddar - a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Tawseef Sheikh, Molvi Bilal, Adil Ahmad and Muhammad Rafi Bhat - the missing Kashmir University assistant professor, who according to police had joined militant ranks.

During the encounter at Badigam village in Shopian, five terrorists of outlawed Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were neutralized, a police spokesman said here.

During the gunfight, parents of Bhat were also called to persuade their son to surrender, but he had turned down the offer.

After receiving the input about his presence there, we brought his family from Ganderbal to persuade him to surrender, Pani said.

Protests soon broke out on the university campus, with students alleging that there could be foul play over his disappearance.

One Army personnel and one policeman have sustained injuries during the encounter.

A fire brigade vehicle was torched by protesters near a gunfight site after the killing of five militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Shupian district, an official said here. The injured were shifted to 92 base military hospital in Badami Bagh Srinagar.

  • Rogelio Becker