SRINAGAR: Indian forces in Kashmir killed two fighters on Wednesday, one in every of them suspected of gunning down a financial institution supervisor this month, police stated, a part of a stepped-up navy effort that has triggered an exodus from the disputed Muslim-majority area.
India has been combating a freedom motion in Kashmir because the late Nineteen Eighties. Pakistan additionally claims the area over which the nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars.
“Indian troops killed two militants this morning in a gun battle, one in every of them, Jan Mohammad Lone, was concerned within the killing of a financial institution supervisor,” stated Vijay Kumar, the police chief of Kashmir.
Fighters entered a department of the Ellaquai Dehati Financial institution in Kulgam city this month and killed the supervisor, who got here from the desert state of Rajasthan, and had solely been posted to the department 4 days earlier.
A bit-known militant group known as the Kashmir Freedom Fighters claimed duty for the assault, warning outsiders to not settle within the Kashmir Valley.
No less than 16 folks — each Hindu and Muslims — have been killed in focused assaults in Kashmir this 12 months.
Kumar stated troops had been monitoring fighters and had killed eight concerned in killings in latest weeks.
No less than 104 fighters have been killed in Kashmir this 12 months, double the toll in the identical interval final 12 months, he stated.
India and Pakistan rule completely different elements of the divided Himalayan area.
India accuses Pakistan of backing the fighters, however Pakistan denies it, saying it solely affords political assist to fellow Muslims who’re being suppressed by Indian safety forces.
India rejects Pakistani accusations of rights abuses in Kashmir.
Rattled by the killings, scores of Hindu households, together with some from the minority Kashmiri Pandit group, have been fleeing Kashmir in latest days.
The area’s prime authorities official, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, has tried to guarantee Kashmiri Pandits of measures for his or her safety.