3 fruit traders, toddler shot at by militants

A minor girl admitted in hospital after being shot at by the militants in Sopore on Saturday.
A minor girl admitted in hospital after being shot at by the militants in Sopore on Saturday.

Security forces foil Moharram procession

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, Sept 7: Suspected militants last night shot at and injured four persons including a 5 year-old grand daughter of an apple trader in North Kashmir’s Sopore town.
A police spokesman said that terrorists shot and injured four persons including a baby girl Asma Jan in Dangarpora area of Sopore in North Kashmir last night.
“In a merciless act of terrorism, terrorists fired and injured four persons including a baby girl Usma Jan at Dangarpora village of Sopore”, police tweeted.

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Gun men last night stopped a car in which two fruit growers Hamidullah Rather and Mohammad Ashraf were travelling and asked them to accompany them to house of a fruit trader Mohammad Ramazan at Dangarpora area of Sopore.
The two fruit growers Hamidullah Rather and Mohammad Ashraf were shot at inside the house of Mohammad Ramzan. Arshid Ahmad Rather son of Mohammad Ramzan and her 5 year old daughter Asma Jan were also shot at inside the house.
The gun men fired several rounds outside his house while fleeing from the spot after injuring the four persons. All of them have received bullet injuries in the legs and were shifted to Bone and Joints Hospital in Srinagar. Asma Jan is being treated at SKIMS hospital.
Last week suspected militants shot at and killed a 65-year old shopkeeper Ghulam Mohammad in Parimpora area of Srinagar.
The normal life remained disrupted for the 34th day today as the deadlock in Kashmir continued following the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370.
Although the authorities lifted the restrictions imposed in some parts of the Valley on Friday as a precautionary measure, the normal activities of life remained suspended.
However, in Shia areas of Srinagar there were curfew like restrictions imposed to prevent Shias from carrying out Moharram processions. In Hassan Abad area of Srinagar, security forces were heavily deployed to prevent Moharram procession. As the mourners came out on the roads they were stopped by the security forces who fired teargas to disperse them. The ding dong battles continued for hours but the security forces foiled their attempt to carry out the procession.
Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the valley. While some private vehicles could be seen plying the roads in some parts of the city, the movement was lesser. Some auto-rickshaws were, however, plying in Civil Lines area of Srinagar.
The efforts of the State Government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep the kids at homes due to apprehensions of their safety.
The Government offices are open but attendance in many offices was thin. An official said that the offices at district headquarters registered normal attendance.
Landline telephone services have been restored across the Valley but mobile telephony and internet services remain suspended since 5 August.
PTI adds: An Army personnel died after falling into a river during an anti-militant operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, an official said today.
Defadar Aslam Khan slipped and fell into the river during a search and cordon operation in Wusan area of the central Kashmir district on Friday, an Army official said.
A rescue operation was launched immediately, but the soldier could not be saved. His body was later fished out from the river, the official said.
A wreath-laying ceremony was held in the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps headquarters on Saturday to pay tribute to the soldier.
Chinar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon and others paid homage to the soldier in a solemn ceremony at the Badami Bagh cantonment, the official added.