JAMMU: Indian Army’s Special Forces and commandos on Wednesday attacked and killed four more Kashmiris in what they called an ‘encounter’ in Sopore, a town in the Baramulla district of the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK).
The Indian media claimed that the ‘encounter’ broke out in the afternoon when the Indian forces had cordoned off the area on the basis of information about the presence of the ‘militants’ there. The army team cordoned off the area.
In a statement, Indian Army’s Chinar Corps GOC Lt Gen AK Bhatt complimented the forces for eliminating the ‘militants’ during the armed operations in the disputed Kashmiri state. He said that the Special Forces team was inserted in the area of operations.
The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a controversial law, that is applicable in the disputed region, gives protection to Indian soldiers against human rights violations. International human rights organisations have accused the Indian Army of human rights abuses in the Kashmiri state and demanded the repeal of AFSPA.
Kashmir continues to be one of the longest unresolved conflicts on the UN agenda. Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmiri people, and most support the cause against the Indian rule, despite a decades-long military crackdown on the freedom movement.