Protesters killed as Indian troops move on militants in Kashmir

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Police foiled a protest march of traders in Srinagar who were demonstrating against the yesterday's civilian killings in Shopian. Counterinsurgency officers and soldiers cordoned off the village following intelligence that a group of militants were hiding there, police said.

On May 06, Sunday, five militants and five were killed by government forces in Shopian and Kulgam districts of southern part of Kashmir during an encounter in Badigam village of Shopian. Government forces opened fire to break up the protests, director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said.

Also, in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984.

However, as the protesting traders tried to march towards Civil Secretariat, security forces deployed in the area stopped them from moving ahead and took about 30 KTMF leaders into custody. Mobile Internet services have been suspended since Saturday.

Most Kashmiris support the rebel cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.

After several hours of fighting, five militants were killed and a policeman and a soldier wounded, said S.P. Vaid, police director-general. Rafi was a contract based assistant professor in the sociology department of the Kashmir University and a resident of Chundina area in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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"We brought his father from his home to persuade him to surrender, but he, like all of them, refused", Vaid said, confirming five rebels died in the firefight.

"We made every effort so that they surrender". The JRL announced that strike would continue, tomorrow, against the bloodbath in Shopian district. Later Sunday, tens of thousands of people gathered for the funeral of the slain rebel leader, including at least a dozen armed militants who fired their guns in air to salute their fallen comrade.

"For decades now, Kashmiris have been facing atrocities unleashed by India and its local puppet regimes", the leaders said in a statement.

The protesters raised pro-justice slogans and held banners which read "Down with state terrorism", "Stop genocide of Kashmiris" and "Stop innocent killings in the name of operation all-out".

The President while lamenting the eerie silence of the global community over the situation in IOK, said that our diplomatic, political and moral support will continue till the people of Kashmir attain their right to self-determination.

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