Kupwara People Intrigued At Killings

SRINAGAR- People in the border district of Kupwara are intrigued at the reports of some militants being killed by the security forces and the special operations group (SOG) personnel in various encounters during the past few days. The identity and nationality of the slain 'militants' has not been disclosed.

According to reports, troops" of 18 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) had claimed killing of two unidentified militants at the Patukhari behak in Dardpora area of the district last night. Giving the details, it said an encounter took place during a patrol in which one militant was killed on the spot while the other died of his own after being injured. Both were buried in the forests.

Earlier, personnel of 32 RR and SOG had claimed to have killed two militants in Kalaroos forests during an encounter. Their identity was not disclosed and were buried in the forest.

People in Kupwara have expressed surprise at the unceremonious burial being given to the 'militants' without their identity being established or the last rites being performed as is otherwise required in such cases.

 (KASHMIR OBSERVER, 08 February, 2001)

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