Kashmir hit by protests after Indian army kills civilian

Brother of Kashmiri militant leader killed by Indian Army but locals say he was a civilian

Kashmir hit by protests after Indian army kills civilian

World Bulletin / News Desk

Protests have rocked part of Indian-held Kashmir on Tuesday after a man was killed by the Indian Army. 

The Indian Army said Khalid Muzaffar, the brother of a rebel commander, was also a fighter himself but local and the Indian police said he was a civilian. 

Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the killing in the Tral area of southern Kashmir and Kashmiri pro-independence leaders have called for a shutdown on Wednesday. 

Senior police officials told Anadolu Agency that Muzaffar, along with three of his friends, had gone to forests with food for his brother, Burhan Muzaffar, a rebel comander with the group Hizbul Mujahideen.

“Army had intensified search operations at places from where (we had) inputs about the likely presence of militants. One such operation at Kamla Top forest resulted in contact being established South of Hurdu Mir area of Tral. One soldier was killed in the gun-battle,” an Indian Army spokesperson said.

While Muzaffar was killed, the three others were arrested by the Indian Army and later handed over to the Indian Police.

Locals however, said it was a targeted killing and Muzaffar was killed because the Army could not capture his brother.

“How is it that his (Khalid Muzaffar's) three others friends were captured alive while he was shot dead,” his neighbors told AA. “It is a targeted killing.”

The Police also confirmed to AA that the slain was not listed as a fighter but had some links as his brother was a rebel commander.

An Army spokesperson told AA that they had found the body of another rebel in the forest where they said the gun battle took place.

Senior Kashmiri resistance leader and chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, called the killing a "cold blooded murder" and called for a complete shutdown in Tral on Wednesday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Nisan 2015, 17:02