11 civilians among 56 killed in poll-time violence

SRINAGAR: The poll-time violence across Kashmir has claimed at least eleven civilians in the supposedly election year since January. The number of political persons, policemen, soldiers and militants killed in past four months is reportedly forty five.

Police records suggest at least 21 persons including six civilians were killed in the month of April alone. The campaigning picked up in April but was muted by killings of grass root politicians in South Kashmir's Tral and Awantipora towns.

Besides the killings of six innocent civilians in the month of April, seven militants, four policemen and four Army personnel also got killed in different militancy related incidents.

The civilians killed in April include a PDP-affiliated Sarpanch Muhammad Amin Pandith resident of Gulzarpora Awantipora, Congress Sarpanch Ghulam Nabi Mir, his son Firdous Ahmed Mir of Batigund Tral, village head Muhammad Anwar Sheikh resident of Amlar Tral, Government teacher Zai-ul-Haq Wani resident of Hurpora Shopian and Bashir Ahmed Bhat of Gratabal Nawakadal Srinagar. Five out of these six civilians were gunned down by unidentified gunmen while Nawakadal youth was allegedly murdered by CRPF personnel who shot him dead during a stone-pelting incident on the day of polling.

Besides six civilians, 9 militants were also killed in different encounters with government forces in the month of April. Out of these killed militants, three were locals. These slain militants were identified as Willayat Khan, Abu Khasa, Abu Jarar, Usman Gauri, Abu Huzaifa, Chota Hafiz, Asif Wani, Shabir Ahmed Gorsi, and Abdul Haq.

In the same month, eight government force personnel including six policemen were killed in different militant attacks. They were

Major Rahul Singh, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of Army, Naib Subedar Kakanvari, Major Mukund Vardarajan, soldier Vikram Singh, Head Constables Muhammad Shafi and Abdul Hamid, SOG man Reyaz Ahmed and Constable Vinod Kumar.

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