Twenty-one persons including six civilians were killed in the month of April this year. So far eleven civilians have got killed in the first four months of the current year in the Kashmir Valley.
Besides six civilians, nine militants were also killed in different encounters with the 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.
According to a news agency, CNS, the six civilians that lost their lives in the month of April included, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 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 killed in firing by CRPF personnel during a stone throwing incident on the day of polling.
The eight government forces’ personnel including four policemen killed in different militant attacks in April were identified as 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.
Fifty six persons have got killed in the first four months of the current year that includes 33 militants, 11 civilians, 7 policemen and 5 Army personnel.