SRINAGAR Two scholar turned militants were among the 38 people who died in the month of October in Kashmir.
Among those who died were 20 militants, 12 civilians and 6 government force personnel. Like other months, there was no respite in violence in the month of October as well. On October 21 Kashmir witnessed 16 killings including that of 7 civilians, 5 militants, 3 soldiers and a trooper. Three militants Shahid-ul-Islam Tantray from Wangam village in Shopian, YazilMakroo from Arwani area in Bijbehara (Anantnag) and Zubair Lone from Ahwatoo village in DH Pora area of Kulgam were killed in Laru Kulgam gunfight where after the gunfight 7 civilians were killed in a blast and action of forces.
The slain civilians were identified as Irshad Ahmad Pader and Tajamul Ahmad (both hailing from Shurat village); Talib MaqboolLaway and Mansoor Dar (both hailing from Laroo), Uzair Ahmad Dar from Reshipora, Javed Ahmad Lone of Hawoora village of Khudwani and Ubaid Shah from Makenpora village
Among the militants killed in different encounters include Dr Manan Wani of Tikipora Lolab and Ashiq Hussain Zargar of Tulwari Langate, Shabir Ahmed from Samboora Pampore, Mehraj Bangroo of Fathekadal, Fahad Ahmed of Khanyar, Showkat Ahmed of Dagarpora Awanipora, Shahid-ul-Islam Tantray from Wangam village in Shopian, YazilMakroo from Arwani area in Bijbehara (Anantnag) and Zubair Lone from Ahwatoo village in DH Pora, scholar Sabzar Ahmed Sofi of Naina and Asif Shergujri of Khiram Sirhama.
On October 19 five militants were killed in two separate incidents. Three militants were killed in Pather Baramulla along with LoC while two militants were killed in Kralhar Baramulla, when according to police, they tried to flee from a check post.
Among those who were killed include two workers of National Conference (NC), Nazir Bhat and Mushtaq Wani, who died after they were fired upon by unidentified gunmen at Karfali Mohalla in Srinagar. Another NC worker Shakeel Ahmed was critically injured.
Unknown gunmen abducted a shopkeeper Tawseef Ahmed at Tujjar Sharif Sopore. His bullet riddled body was later found in an orchard.
Locals as well as separatist organization blamed the government forces for the killing of a Hurriyat activist Tariq Ahmed Ganaie, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in an apple orchard of Meemandar in South Kashmirs Shopian district.
Suspected militants shot dead a policeman Javaid Ahmed at Warpora Sopore while a civilian Rayees Ahmed of Fathekadal area of Srinagar city was also killed in an encounter along with two militants. An SOG man Kamal Kishore was also killed in Fathekadal encounter.
Three soldiers and two infiltrators were also killed in Rajouri along Line of Control while militants killed an SSB Jawan Vijay Kumar in Midora Tral. Two militants were killed in Kreeri area of North Kashmirs Baramulla district.
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