//Five killed, 11 wounded in Kashmir violence

Five killed, 11 wounded in Kashmir violence

Jun 24, 2006, 14:26 GMT

Srinagar, June 24 (IANS) Five people, including two civilians and an army officer, were killed in continuing violence across Jammu and Kashmir Saturday. Eleven people were injured in the incidents.

Captain S.D. Singh of 55 Rashtriya Rifles was killed in a gun battle with separatist guerrillas in Ratnipora village of south Kashmir's Pulwama district. Two rebels also died in the fighting.

'The terrorists were hiding in a house when the troops asked them to surrender. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed. We lost Captain Singh,' said a spokesman of the Indian Army's 15th Corps.

A member of the security forces was injured in the incident.

The slain guerrillas have been identified as Nisar Ahmad, district commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, and Abrar Ahmad.

In another incident, rebels lobbed a grenade at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) picket in Badshah Chowk area adjacent to Lal Chowk, the city center, killing a civilian and injuring nine people including a CRPF trooper.

The CRPF picket is situated outside the Dashanami Akhara building which houses a Hindu temple. The temple holds a holy mace that is associated with Lord Shiva.

Each year Hindu pilgrims carry the mace to the Amarnath cave for special prayers.

A youth was killed in north Kashmir's Palhalan town in Baramulla district, 35 km from here, when guerrillas fired at the motorcade of a deputy inspector general of CRPF and the officer's guards fired back. A woman sustained injuries in a shootout that erupted.

'The officer's guards returned the fire,' said a police officer.

More than 8,000 people took to the streets at the incident site and blocked the highway demanding action against the CRPF personnel responsible for the youth's death.

© 2006 Indo-Asian News Service