Deadly October Claimed 45 Lives In Kashmir

People carry the body of owner of Bindroo medicate Makhan Lal Bindroo at SMHS Hospital | KO file photo by Abid Bhat

20 Militants, 12 Soldiers; 13 Civilians Killed In Militancy Related Incidents

Srinagar: The month of October turned out to be the deadliest month for Kashmir Valley in which twenty militants, 12 security personnel besides 13 civilians lost their lives in militancy related incidents, including encounters and targeted killings.

The killing of 13 civilians in a month, most of them non-locals, is the highest death toll in the last two years and the fourth-highest since 2012, reports said.
Majid Gojri, of Chattabal was the first civilian to fall to bullets on October 2.

He was shot dead from point blank range near Madina Complex in Karan Nagar area of the city. Hours later, PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar was shot dead by unknown gunmen in SD Colony Batamaloo.

Two days later, three more people were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar and Bandipora districts.

Among the deceased was prominent pharmacist Makhan Lal Bindroo, Virendra Paswan, a street vendor from Bihar and Muhammad Shafi alias Sonu, the president of Sumo Stand Hajin.

On October 7, Supinder Kour and Deepak Chand, both government school teachers, were killed in a brazen broad daylight attack in the Eidgah area of the Old city.

A day later, 28-year-old youth Parvez Ahmad of Larnoo, Kokernag was shot dead by the CRPF personnel at Monghal Bridge in Anantnag district. Barely a week later, Arvind Kumar Sah, a street vendor from Bihar, was shot dead in Eidgah Srinagar, while Saghir Ahmad, a carpenter hailing from Uttar Pradesh, was killed in Pulwama district.

Raja Reshi Dev and Jogindar Reshi Dev, both natives of Bihar were shot dead by suspected militants a day later.

On October 24, Shahid Aijaz Rather, as per the police, was killed in cross-fire between militants and CRPF personnel in Babapora area of Shopian district.

The spate of targeted killings, mostly of non-locals, led to exodus of hundreds of migrant labourers and their families hailing from north India’s Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar states. The killing also prompted the security agencies to beef up security apparatus across the Valley.

In the last month also, 12 soldiers, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs) were also killed in one of the longest and biggest search operations in border districts of Rajouri and Poonch, where according to police an under-trial militant Zia Mustafa was also killed in militant firing.

The month of October also proved more deadly for militants.

The army, police and CRPF in joint operations killed 20 militants of various outfits in Srinagar, Shopian, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Bandipora and Pulwama districts. (With agency inputs)

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