By Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, India, December 30 (Reuters) – Indian security forces said they killed three militants in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar on Wednesday after a shooting, but families of the dead said they were innocent.
India has been fighting an armed insurgency in the disputed Himalayan region for decades and has killed more than 200 militants this year, official data shows.
Rarely, however, do families immediately challenge the victims’ allegiance to insurgent groups. Police in Kashmir this month filed charges against an army officer and a civilian for allegedly killing three workers and laying down weapons to pass them off as militants. maybe not knowing what their neighborhoods are like, ”Vijay Kumar, senior Kashmir Valley police official, said of the men killed Wednesday, adding that they were supporters of militant groups and were likely planning a attack.
A rifle and two pistols were recovered from the site of the shooting, he said.
An Indian military spokesperson declined to comment, referring the matter to police.
Bashir Ahmad Ganai, grandfather of Aijaz Ahmad Ganai, 25, who was killed in the protracted shooting in Srinagar, told reporters that his grandson was not an activist.
“He was a student. Why did they kill him? he said during a demonstration by family members outside a police station.
Athar Ahmad, 27, who was also shot, studied at the University of Kashmir and left his home on Tuesday to fill out an academic form, his sister Rifat Wani said. (Written by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Giles Elgood)