ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT – 2017

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By Fast Kashmir on 30/12/2017.

The 2017 Annual Report prepared by the Human Rights Division of All Parties Hurriyat Conference regarding the Human Rights Violations in Kashmir during the year 2017 was released today

 

Srinagar, Dec 30: In 2017, the killing of human beings, incidents of violence, border firings and curbs on
the public movement in Kashmir went on throughout the year. Imposition of curfew,
restrictions on people’s movement, freezing of internet services, people’s protest and
forces action, people getting killed and injured, use of lethal weapons by the
government forces as crowd control measure, like in previous years remained
unchanged. As the wounds of 2016 were still bleeding, Kashmir undoubtedly suffered in
2017 as well.

In brazen violation of all the international treaties and international humanitarian law,
Farooq Ahmad, a youth from Budgam area was tied to the front of an Army jeep by an
army officer and was used as a ‘Human Shield’. Several reports of torture also came to
fore. Although the incidents of enforced disappearances and fake encounters have
come down but serious allegation of a fake encounter from a family in Handwara area
reported in Hafrada Forest of Handwara in the month of August clearly serve as pointer
that such phenomenon do still continue. In the month of May, a civilian driver from
Shopian area, who according to his family was forcibly taken by the army to ferry them
in his cab, got killed when armed men attacked the army party in Imam Sahib area of
the district.

In eight days of December, three civilian deaths were reported in three separate
incidents of firing, two of them were young women whereas the third one a driver by
profession, was killed when Army soldiers who had laid an ambush in the area fired
upon him without any warning as he was parking his vehicle some yards away from his
house.

There are many instances in which excessive use of force by the government forces
has led to the killing of civilians. Unabated use of Public Safety Act (PSA), arrests,
illegal detentions, strikes and protests and frequent crackdown on voices of dissent also
remained unchanged. The resistance leadership and the political activists were
repeatedly kept under house arrest or were put behind the bars. This year also
witnessed raids by the National Investigation Agency on the houses of the resistance
leadership, activists and some businessmen of Kashmir. On the basis of these raids
investigation agency framed number of Kashmiri leaders allegedly in a, widely
considered, to be a frivolous, case and they are presently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
Gruesome killing of Amarnath pilgrims in the month of July and barbaric lynching of a
police official witnessed in this year were condemned by political leadership as well as
each and every section of Kashmiri Society and the serious concern shown by the
society proved that such fiendish acts cannot be justified at all.

Fatalities due to border clashes were reported during this year as well. The clashes
between the forces of India and Pakistan at the border and LOC consumed many
precious lives on both sides. It is also not hard to reason out that most of the wrath of
mortar shelling and small arm firing at LoC is faced by hapless population residing on
both sides of the fence.

Persons arrested in Kashmir were sent to jails outside the Valley, inaccessible to their
families and resulting in double punishment to the detainees as well as to their families
and systematic prisoner abuse and ill-treatment continued to be widely practiced with
the detainees and under trial Kashmiri prisoners in different jails during this year also.
Carrying Muharram processions on 8th and 10th Muharram around Lalchowk area were
banned during this year as well, and due to imposition of curfews and restrictions, the
congressional Friday prayers at Kashmir’s Historic Grand Mosque (Jamia Masjid)
Srinagar, could not be offered for 18 times. The chief cleric and chairman of the APHC,
Mirwaiz Mohammad Umer Farooq, was also repeatedly kept under house arrest.
Cases of violation of juvenile rights were also reported and it was learnt that the proper
implementation of the act concerning their rights, justice, protection and care has
remained a half-hearted exercise.

Although Government claims that it has made the State Human Rights Commission
(SHRC) operational but being only a recommendatory body, the commission’s hands
remain tied as it has not been provided with enough powers to force implementation.
According to the reports and figures available it came to fore that, of 59
recommendations made by SHRC this year, 44 have been rejected by the government
and it clearly indicates that SHRC has been reduced to the authority of issuing only the
recommendations to government which government either does not consider or
declines to implement.

In this horrific scenario there is no respite to the people in Kashmir and every right
thinking person can see the futility of aggressive posturing as it has not yielded any
positive result in the past. What should be paramount for all the concerned is a sincere
effort..

TOTAL KILLINGS
Total number of 391 deaths in violent incidents were reported during this year. Out of
391 persons, 97 were Civilians, 81 Armed Forces and Police Personnel and 212
Militants, while killing of one counter-insurgent was also reported. As compared to
2016, which witnessed 389 killings, the graph of killings during this year showed slight
upward trend.

Out of 97 civilians killed, thirty six persons were killed in forces action, out of these
thirty six persons one person was killed in a fake encounter. Twenty nine persons
(including eight Amaranth Pilgrims) have been killed by unidentified gunmen. Seven
persons got killed due to grenade blast attacks. Eight persons were killed in cross-firing
incidents between forces and militants. Nine civilians were killed in firing or shelling
between Indian and Pakistani troops. Four persons working as bank guards lost their
lives during attacks on the bank vans by unidentified gunmen. One person reportedly
died due to heart attack while running for safety during clashes. One person died due to
petrol bomb attack. One person allegedly died due to suffocation caused by the tear
smoke shells. At the same time one person lost his life due to stone injury during a
stone-pelting/throwing incident.

Among 81 forces and police personnel killed during this year, one police official was
lynched by an unruly mob, five were killed during an attack on the bank van whereas
killing of a few forces personnel who were on leave was also reported.
(During this year – On February 21, Wasim Ahmad Thokur S/o Haji Mushtaq Ahmad
Thokur of Schuch village of Kulgam who had sustained multiple pellet injuries during
2016 uprising allegedly died due to the injuries. According to the family and locals,
death was triggered by pellet injuries the victim had sustained in September 2016.
Cases of death of a couple of cases, however, remained controversial because the
authorities claim their deaths due to other reasons whereas the family members of the
victims sighted different reasons.)

Civilians killed in J&K – 2017:
Civilians Killed
January 0
February 3
March 8
April 18
May 12
June 7
July 12
August 13
September 6
October 12
November 2
December 4
Total: 97

Armed Forces and Militants killed in Kashmir in 2017:
Armed Forces Killed Militants Killed
January 0 13
February 9 11
March 1 11
April 5 8
May 10 17
June 15 30
July 1 27
August 14 25
September 4 18
October 8 18
November 9 28
December 5 6
Total 81 212

Annexure:
Civilians killed in Jammu & Kashmir during 2017
On February 12, the body of 38-year-old Aashiq Reshi, son of house owner Abdul
Majid, was recovered from the debris of the house where the militants had taken shelter
and later was blown up during the encounter.

On February 12, a civilian namely Mushtaq Ibrahim Itoo (22) S/o Mohammad Ibrahim
Itoo R/o Hatigam, Srigufwara was killed during protests that broke out in the Srigufwara
area. He was hit by a bullet fire by the forces on protests and later succumbed at District
Hospital Anantnag.

On February 23, an elderly woman Taja Begum wife of Ghulam Muhammad Mir died
after being hit by bullet inside her home when militants ambushed an army patrol party
near Moolu Chitragam village, Shopian.

On March 03, one of the injured civilians, identified as Mohammad Ayub Wani (35) S/o
Mohammad Ahsan R/o Gusoo, Pulwama succumbed to injuries at a hospital. He was
injured when suspected militants hurled a grenade on a CRPF party in Murran Chowk in
Pulwama District.

On March 09, a fifteen year old teenager, identified as Amir Nazir Wani (15) S/o Nazir
Ahmad of Beegumbagh, Kakpora was shot dead by the forces during clashes near the
encounter site in Padgampora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. He got a
bullet injury in his neck and was declared dead on arrival at PHC Kakapora.
On March 09, according to media reports, quoting witnesses, a civilian Jalal-ud-Din
Ganai of Tahab, Pulwama died due to heart failure while running for safety during the
clashesat Padgampora. He was brought dead to the hospital.

On March 13, a former sarpanch (village head) Fayaz Ahmad S/o Abdul Khaliq was
abducted by unidentified gunmen from his Kakoora residence in Pulwama and later his
bullet riddled body was recovered from Chewa Kalan village in the District.
On March 13, a minor girl, identified as Kaneeza (6 year) and a minor boy Faisal were
injured when they were hit by bullets during an encounter at Hyhama area of Kupwara
District. Girl Kaneeza succumbed to her injuries and boy was shifted to Srinagar for
treatment.

On March 27, three civilians were killed in Chadoora when government forces opened
fire to disperse protesters near a gunfight site in the area. Three youth killed were
identified as:
• Ishfaq Ahmad Wani (24)
S/o Abdul Rashid Wani
R/o Vavoosa Rangreth
• Zahid Rashid Ganai
S/o Abdur Rashid Ganai
R/o Chadoora, Budgam
A Bullet hit his neck.
• Saqib Ahmad alias Amir Fayaz Wani (18)
S/o Fayaz Ahmad Wani
R/o Vavoosa Rangreth
He was hit by a bullet in a chest.

On April 09, eight civilians were killed in government forces action at different places on
polling day in Budgam and Ganderbal areas during by-election to the Srinagar Lok
Sabha seat. The deceased were identified as:

• Faizan Fayaz Dar (15)
7
th class student
S/o Fayaz Ahmad Dar
R/o Dalwan village in Chrar-e-Sharif.
• Abass Jahangir (22)
Student
S/o Jahangir Ahmad
R/o Dalwan village in Chrar-e-Sharif.
Both Faizan and Abass were declared as brought dead by the hospital
authorities. Both succumbed to bullet wounds.
• Shabir Ahmad Bhat (22)
S/o Ghulam Mohammad Bhat
R/o Dawlatpora, Chadoora.
He was hit by a bullet in neck and shoulder.
• Nissar Ahmad Mir (25)
S/o Gulam Mohammad Mir
R/o Ratson, Beerwah – Budgam
He received multiple bullet injuries, he was declared as brought dead by the
hospital authorities.
• Akeel Ahmad Wani
R/o Churmujroo, Beerwah
• Adil Farooq Sheikh (19)
S/o Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh
R/o Yarigund, Kawoosa.
He succumbed to multiple pellet injuries in the Kawoosa area of Beerwa
constituency in Budgam District.
• Amir Ahmad Malla (20)
S/o Bashir Malla,
R/o Sogam, Chadoora
He was injured and succumbed to injuries in the hospital.
• Omar Farooq Ganie
S/o Farooq Ahmad Ganie
R/o Barsoo Bypass Ganderbal.

He was hit by a bullet by SFs firing at Barsu in Ganderbal District, also
succumbed to injuries at hospital.
On April 10, Mini-bus driver identified as Ali Mohammad Dagga (55) R/o Barthana
Qamarqari, Srinagar was hit by a stone during a stone pelting/throwing incident at
Tengpora bypass. One of the stones hit the driver in the forehead and he lost control of
his vehicle, hitting an electric poll and he died on spot.

On April 11, a woman died allegedly due to suffocation caused by intense teargas
shelling by the forces in Pulwama area. The media reports quoting witnesses said that
Shameema Akther wife of Nazir Ahmed was busy at her home when she started
coughing. “She complained of chest pain and within minutes, she collapsed and fainted.
The victim was immediately rushed to District Hospital where doctors declared her as
brought dead.”

On April 15, a bullet-riddled body of a youth was recovered from an orchard in
Khaipora village in Kralgund area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The
deceased was identified as Suhail Ahmad Dar aka Jana Dar.
On April 15, A civilian identified as, Sajad Hassan Sheikh of Chandoosa Baramulla,
was shot dead by BSF personal near Reck Chowk, Batmaloo. He was shot in his head.
On April 15, one person identified as Bashir Ahmad Dar, was killed when unidentified
gunmen opened fire on him at Qasbayaar Rajpora of Pulwama District.
On April 17, unidentified gunmen barged into the house of Advocate Imtiyaz Ahmad
Khan in Pinjoora Shopian and killed him.

On April 19, a youth, Muzaffar Ahmad Mir (22) S/o Ghulam Mohiudin R/o Zangalpora,
Kulgam, was hit by a bullet in his thigh during clashes with government forces, on the
day of by-polls at Baroosa area of Ganderbal on April 9 for Srinagar Lok Sabha
constituency, succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS, Hospital in Bemina.
On April 24, District President for Pulwama of the ruling PDP, Advocate Abdul Gani Dar
was killed by unidentified gunmen in Pinglena area of Pulwama District.
On April 27, a civilian, identified as Mohammad Yousuf Bhat (57) S/o Khazir
Mohammad Bhat got killed when forces opened fire on protestors in Panzgam village of
Kupwara District.

On April 27, unidentified persons hurled a grenade at a Police bunker and it fell on the
road resulting in death of a civilian who was identified as Ghulam Mohammad Khan (65)
of Illahi Bagh Srinagar.

On May 01, two persons namely Muzaffar Ahmad Laway R/o Ladgoo – Nehama
DHpora and Javaid Ahmad Bhat of Batpora mohamdpora Kulgam, working as Bank
security guards with J&K Bank were killed when unidentified militants attacked a bank
van carrying cash in the Kulgam. In this incident some police personnel were also killed.
On May 04, a civilian driver, identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh (40) S/o Abdul Ahad
Sheikh of Kaczdoora village in Shopian, who according to the family was taken forcibly
by Army, while driving the cab in which Army was returning after search and cordon
operation, was killed in the ambush.

On May 06, three civilians were killed when Militants, travelling in a car, opened fire on
a police party which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident. The
three civilians killed in the incident were identified as:

• Niaz Ahmad Mir
R/o Mir Bazar – Kulgam
• Suhail Nabi Lone
R/o Haeri Batpora – Tral
Pulwama
• Hem Raj Sharma
R/o Samba.
On May 10, a woman Akhtar Bi (35) W/o Mohammad Hanief R/o Nowshera, Rajouri
was killed during cross border firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector in Rajouri
District.

On May 13, two persons were killed in cross border mortar shelling and firing along the
LoC in Rajouri District of J&K. They were identified as:
• Tufail Hussain (51)
R/o Jhanger, Nowshera
• Afiya (13)
R/o Mendhar Rajouri
On May 14, a civilian, identified as Mohammad Hussain Dar of Malpora who was
injured in the May 6 Kulgam firing incident succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
On May 19, a bullet-riddled body of Mohammad Yousuf Lone was recovered in
Gadoora village of Pulwama District. The body had multiple bullet injuries.

On May 27, a civilian, identified as Sarshad Ahmad Dar alias Aqib Ahmad Dar S/o
Abdul Rasid Dar of Khanqah Tral was hit by bullet in his skull during protests and
clashes near the encounter site at Saimoh village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama
On June 01, Mohammad Parwaiz died due to cross-border motar shelling when a
GREF (General Reserve Engineering Force) vehicle, engaged in construction work at
Balnoi Forward was directly hit by a mortar shell.

On June 06, Adil Farooq S/o Farooq Ahmad Magray R/o Ganowpora Shopian was hit
by a bullet in his chest after forces opened fire to disperse protestors near a cordonand-search
operation in Ganapora village of Shopian.

On June 15, a youth Naseer Ahmad Sheikh (22) S/o Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sheikh R/o
Ashtengoo Bandipora was killed after Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel opened
fire directly on protesters in Rangreth area of Srinagar.

On June 16, two civilians, identified as Mohammad Ashraf Khar (34) R/o Arwani
Bijbehara and Ahsan Mushtaq Dar (15) S/o Mushtaq Ahmad Dar R/o Shamsipora,
Kulgam were killed near the encounter site in Arwani when forces fired to disperse the
protestors. Both the youth had received bullet in chest.

On June 17, Un-known gunmen killed Aijaz Ahmad Malik of Pinglana. Aijaz was fired
upon by un-known gunmen outside his house and was critically injured. He succumbed
to his injuries at a hospital.

On June 22, a civilian identified as Touseef Ahmad Wani S/o Gulam Rasool Wani a
resident of Tengpuna village of Pulwama died during clashes between protesters and
government forces in Kakapora. He had suffered multiple pellet injuries and was shifted
to Sub-district hospital Pampore where he was declared dead on arrival.

On July 01, two civilian got killed when one of the victims Tahira Begum W/o Abdul
Rashid Chopan R/o Brienty-Dailgam was killed in cross firing while another victim
Shadab Ahmad was hit by a bullet fired by the forces to disperse protestors during
clashes near the site of gunfight in Dailgam village in Anantnag District.

On July 10, un-known gunmen attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims near
Khanabal in south Kashmir and killed seven persons including six women, and injured
32 others. The deceased were identifies as Hasuben Ratila Patal, Surakha Ben and
Lakshimiben S Patal from Valsad, Ratan Zeena Bhai Patal of Daman and Prajapati
Champaben of Navsari from Gujarat. While as Nirmala Ben Thakor, a resident of
Palghar, and Usha Mohanla Sonkar of Danu were from Maharashtra

On July 16, a woman pilgrim, identified as Lalita (47) injured in the attack on Amarnath
Yatra bus on July 10, succumbed to her injuries at SKIMS hospital in Srinagar, taking
the death toll in the July 10 attack to eight.

On July 18, a 60-year-old civilian identified as Mohammad Abdullah Ganaie who was
injured after Army men had allegedly opened fire in Bijbehara during an altercation
between the locals and army men, on July 17, succumbed in the hospital. Ganaie was
shot in leg and was referred to SKIMS Soura.

 

On July 21, a civilian was killed after Army opened fire on a few protestors which
resulted in the death of Tanveer Ahmed Wani S/o Mohammad Akbar Wani of Beerwah
area of Budgam District.

On August 01, one civilian, identified as Firduos Ahmad Khan of Begum Bagh in
Kakapora Pulwama was killed when forces opened fire to disperse protesting youth
during clashes near gunfight site in Hakripora village of Pulwama. He was hit by a bullet
in chest and was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

On August 02, one civilian identified as Akeel Ahmad Bhat S/o Late Abdul Majeed Bhat
a resident of Gabarpora Haal village who had sustained bullet injuries when government
forces opened fire during clashes in Pulwama, succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS.
On August 05, a civilian namely Gulam Mohi-ud-Din (35) S/o Mohammad Yousuf Bhat
R/o Arwini, Bijbehara was killed during a gunfight in Kanelwan village in Bijbehara.
Deceased who was a laborer by profession was returning home and was riding a
motorcycle in the area at the time of encounter.

On August 08, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Wagay (30) S/o Mushtaq Ahmad Wagay resident of
Jablipora, Bijbehara was killed by Un-known gunmen in Shopian.
On August 08, a youth identified as Mohammad Younis Sheikh (17) R/o Soimoh Tral
was killed in forces action during clashes between forces and protesters in Tral which
erupted during an encounter in the area. Sheikh’s body bore pellet and bullet wounds.
On August 12, a 40-year-old woman, identified as Raqia Bi W/o Mohammad Ayoub R/o
Gohlad was killed during a cross-border shelling incident in Poonch sector.

On August 13, a civilian, identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Hawal, injured in a petrol
bomb attack near Badyari Chowk in Dalgate died in a hospital.
On August 13, Mohammad Sayeed Bhat (25) S/o Gulam Hassan resident of Shirmal
Shopian got hit by bullet when forces fired to disperse protestors near the encounter site
in Avneera, Shopian.

On August 13, another youth, identified as Owais Ahmad Dar S/o Mohammad Shafi
Dar resident of Kakapora Pulwama was killed after he was hit by pellets fired by the
government forces on protestors in Kakapora area of Pulwama.
On August 19, un-identified gunmen shot dead, Mohammad Isaaq Parray S/o Abdul
Gani Parray at Uggen in Dailgam area of Anantnag.

On August 20, a bullet-riddled body of a 16-year-old youth, identified as Gowhar
Ahmad Dar S/o Abdul Rahim Dar R/o Urpara Nagbal was recovered in Nagbal in
Shopian District.

On August 20, a local cable network operator, identified as Hilal Ahmad Malik was shot
dead by un-known gunmen near his residence at Malik Mohalla in Shopian District.
On August 23, Shahid Bashir Wani (22-23) from Daril Tarthpora in Vilgam Handwara
who was killed by the army in Handwara forests but family claimed that he was killed in
a ‘fake encounter. The slain youth was a college student.
On September 07, one person identified as Maqsood Shah S/o Ali Mohammad Shah of
Budgam was killed when un-identified persons hurled a grenade targeting CRPF
personnel at Jahangir Chowk in Srinagar.
On September 16, woman identified as Ratano Devi was killed in border shelling
across Arnia sector, Jammu.

On September 21, three civilians including a woman got killed during grenade attack by
the unidentified gunmen on a cavalcade of ruling minister in Tral town of Pulwama
District. The slain civilians were identified as Rattan Deep Kour alias Pinky Kaur D/o
Richpal Singh of Chattrogam Tral(a Sikh woman student of Islamic University), 80-yearold
Ghulam Nabi Trag R/o Tral-i-Payeen and Mohammad Iqbal Khan.

On September 27, a civilian, identified as Mushtaq Ahmad, who was among 30
persons injured in Tral grenade attack on September 21, succumbed to his injuries at
SKIMS Soura in Srinagar, taking the death toll in the attack to four. The deceased was
working as salesman and was father of two.

On October 02, two children died in cross-LoC shelling in Poonch District. One of the
children was identified as Jasmin Akhtar (15) D/o Mohammad Sadiq R/o Digwar,
Poonch.

On October 03, un-identified gunmen killed Showkat Ahmad Dar S/o Abdul Rehman
Dar of Arwani Bijbehara.
On October 03, un-identified gunmen killed a Sarpanch (village head) of a ruling party.
Deceased was identified as Ghulam Rasool Ganie.

On October 06, un-identified gunmen shot dead a former militant, identified as Rafiq
Ahmad bhat alias Dada S/o Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din in Tral town of Pulwama District
On October 12, a civilian working as a porter with Army was killed in cross-border firing
in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch District. The deceased was identified as Mohammed
Zahir, a resident of Kalali village in Rajouri District.

On October 14, one civilian, identified as Gulzar Ahmad Mir of Illahi Bagh Lassipora
Pulwama was killed in forces action to quill the protests and clashes which broke out in
the area after a gunfight erupted in Litter area of Pulwama. The slain was hit by a bullet
and succumbed in hospital.

On October 16, A ruling party worker and a former Sarpanch, identified as Mohammad
Ramzan Sheikh (50) was killed by unknown gunmen in his house at Huomhuna village
in Imam Sahib, Shopian.

On October 18, unidentified persons killed Aijaz Ahmad Lone S/o Ali Mohammad Lone
R/o Gattipora a teacher by profession. His throat slit body was found near Lar Maadan
Stadium in Wathoo.

On October 21, a civilian working as a porter was killed in a cross-border firing along
the LoC in Kamalkote sector of Uri in Baramulla District. Deceased was identified as
Mohammad Abbas (22) resident of Kamalkot Uri.

On October 22, a woman was killed and another one injured when unidentified gunmen
fired on them at Seer village of Tral in Pulwama. Gunmen barged inside a house in Seer
Jagir in Tral and fired at the women present there, among them, 18-year old girl,
identified as Yasmeena D/o Ghulam Rasool Bhat R/o Khonmoh was killed.

On October 22, unidentified gunmen shot dead a street vendor, identified as Shakir
Ahmad, resident of Uttar Pradesh in Arwani area of Anantnag District.
On November 02, unidentified persons killed Gowhar Ahmad Bhat S/o Mohammad
Auob Bhat of Shopian who was BJP Youth President Shopian. His throat-slit body was
found at Kiloora Shopian.

On November 08, unidentified gunmen shot dead Ghulam Mohiuddin Sheikh (46) S/o
Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh a labourer by profession and a resident of Bomai, Sopore.
His bullet riddled body was found in an orchard in Brat area of Sopore.

On December 11, Misra Banoo (25) D/o Mohammad Shaban Mir W/o Ishfaq Ahmad
Wani was killed amid gunfight between militants at Younso Handwara. The family of the
deceased alleged that she was hit by the bullet fired by the forces.

On December 11, Mushtaq Ahmad (30) of Khundroo Shangus in Anantnag and Tariq
Ahmad (25) of Zaroo Tumlehaal Pulwama working as guards with J&K Bank were killed
while escorting a cash van that came under attack from unidentified gunmen at PojuKeller
in Shopian.

On December 17, a civilian identified as Asif Iqbal Bhat (28) S/o Mohammad Iqbal Bhat
resident of Thindpura Kupwara was killed by the Army in an ambush laid down for the
militants. The deceased was a driver by profession.

On December 19, a woman, identified as Ruby Jan aka Beauty Jan (24) W/o Manzoor
Ahmad Mir resident of Bata Murran, Kellar-Shopian was hit by a bullet reportedly fired
by the forces when a gunfight was going on in the area. Deceased was hit in her
abdomen while she was sitting in a room with baby in her lap. She was rushed to a
hospital but died on the way.

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