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Jammu and Kashmir: Stone pelters attack army vehicles to protest killing of six militants in Shopian encounter

This news surfaced after it was reported that one soldier and six militants were killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district early on Sunday morning.

As per reports, stone pelters in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir attacked vehicles of security personnel as the army neutralized six militants in the valley.

A video has surfaced where protestors can be seen pelting stone as the vehicles of security forces passed by.

This news surfaced after it was reported that one soldier and six militants were killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district early on Sunday morning.

Police said a joint team of Army and police launched a cordon and search operation in Kaparan village around 1 am. During the search, the forces were fired upon triggering retaliation which turned into an encounter in which one soldier and six militants were killed.

Security forces have also recovered weapons from the site of the encounter.

Mobile internet services have been suspended in Shopian district as a precautionary measure.

This is the third operation against militants in south Kashmir since Wednesday. So far, 14 local militants have been killed in three encounters.

On Friday, six militants were killed in Anantnag district in a similar operation, including three top commanders of militant groups. The LeT commander Azad Ahmad Malik who has been shot down during the operation was reportedly involved in the assassination of Kashmiri Journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar.

Similarly, on Wednesday, four militants were reported to be killed in Shopian district.

The scourge of stone pelting has intensified in Kashmir in the last few years. The security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are often attacked with heavy stone pelting from jihadi crowds in Srinagar and other areas of Kashmir.

Recently, a 22-year old soldier Rajendra Singh succumbed to his injuries after being struck by a stone hurled at his vehicle by the stone pelters in Anantnag district of South Kashmir. The young soldier was part of a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) providing security to a Border Roads Organisation convoy.

Often, these stone pelting attacks are orchestrated after the Friday prayers in mosques. Pakistani and ISIS flags are also waved by the jihadis during such violent mob attacks.

In June, a stone pelting Jihadi was run over by a CRPF vehicle while the CRPF convoy came under heavy attack by a violent stone pelting mob. Hundreds of CRPF and J&K police personnel are injured every year in the stone pelting attacks.

To tackle this menace the Indian army has adapted the Israeli method of nabbing stone pelters, wherein some personnel disguise as stone pelters merge with the crowd and nab the leading terrorists.

The CRPF has reportedly also acquired Israeli style mobile bunkers to protect its personnel under stone pelting attacks.

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