//Seven killed in Kashmir violence

Seven killed in Kashmir violence

The Peninsula/ January 18 2006 / (AFP)
Seven killed in Kashmir violence

SRINAGAR: Suspected militants shot dead two members of a pro-India communist party in revolt-hit Jammu and Kashmir, while troops killed five rebels in two separate gunbattles, police and the army said yesterday.

The violence came as the top foreign ministry offficials from India and Pakistan met in New Delhi for a third round of talks on their vexed dispute over Kashmir. Police said Gulzar Ahmed and Bashir Reshi, two functionaries of the Communist Party of India (CPI), were gunned down in separate incidents in the Kulgam area of the southern district of Anantnag late on Monday.

Another communist activist was shot and wounded in the same area. Ahmed is the nephew of Yusuf Tarigami, the state head of the CPI. In the neighbouring district of Pulwama troops shot dead five militants in two separate encounters yesterday, an army spokesman said.

Two of the militants were hiding inside the house of a municipal councillor from the state’s ruling Congress party."Both of them have been eliminated in a swift operation launched by the troops of the National Rifles," said Indian army spokesman Vijay Batra, referring to the army’s counter-insurgency wing.

He identified one of them as Saifullah, who was serving as "battalion commander" of pro-Pakistan group Harkat-ul-Mujahedin