Srinagar: In wake of a call to march to Shopian district where four civilians and two militants were killed by the Army on Sunday, Kashmir University students in Zakura campus protested against the killings and tried to start the march towards the south Kashmir district on Wednesday.
Boarders of Sheik-ul-Alam boys hostel in KU’s Zakura campus tried to march towards Shopian from the campus but were stopped at the main gate, a student who participated in the protest told Narrator over the phone.
The students had carried placards saying, “We want freedom; Kill us, we are all OGWs; Shopian Chalo”.
An Army spokesman said on 4 March that three civilians were accompanying a Lashkar militant Amir Malik and all were killed in a brief shootout at Pahnoo, Shopian. On 5 March morning, another dead body of a civilian was recovered from the spot. The locals, however, rejected the Army claim and said that the youth had no connection with the militant.
They identified the four civilians as Suhail Ahmad Wagay (22) son of Khalid Ahmad Wagay of Pinjora, Shahid Khan (21) son of Bashir Khan of Malik Gund and Shahnawaz Wagay (23) son of Ali Mohammad of Moolu, Trenz and Gowhar Ahmad Lone (24) of Trenz. Another dead body of Lashkar militant Ashiq Hussain Bhat was found in Saidapora village of Shopian on Monday morning, taking the death toll to six.