“The firing took place in an open orchard not more than 100 feet from the encounter site. They could have shot in the air to disperse the crowd, but they did not,” said Asim Ahmad, accompanying his injured cousin Jehangir, 20, who was being operated upon for a bullet wound to the abdomen.
12 militants were killed in this district on April 1, in one of the Valley’s biggest operations. Shopian has been getting here since Burhan Wani was killed, with security forces pushing back. The Sunday Express on how Shopian has come to symbolise the fight against Kashmir’s new wave of militancy.
The Chief Minister also appealed to all sections of civil society, media, students, parents and other stakeholders to rise to this critical occasion, play their role and help in putting an end to this cycle of bloodshed in the state.