By Samuel Mathai
Security forces on Saturday killed five militants in Kashmir, the biggest single-day casualty since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government took direct control of the state. The incident leads to violent protest from the local people.
The Bharatiya Janata Party had pulled out of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir in June, citing deterioration in security, leading to president’s rule in the state.
In today’s protest, dozens of protesters were injured, two of them critically with gunshot wounds, as a large number of youths gathered in Kilora village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district and pelted Indian troops with stones.
According to witnesses, troops fired tear gas, pellets and bullets to quell the protests. A doctor at the local hospital said they had received at least two dozen injured people. Srinagar-based Indian Defence Ministry spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, told Reuters the militants were killed on Saturday.
The army along with the police on Friday launched an operation against the militants, who, they said, were hiding in Kilora village. The officer said they recovered automatic assault rifles.
According to officials, 227 people, including 130 militants and 52 Indian security force personnel, have been killed this year in the Kashmir conflict. (Inputs from agencies)
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