60 civilians killed this year

At least 60 civilians have been killed in strife-torn Kashmir over six months this year.
According to official data, 60 civilians have been killed in different parts of the Valley this year so far.
In the first 10 days of July, six youth have just fallen to bullets of forces in south and north Kashmir.
Tamsheel Ahmad Khan, 16, of Shopian and Ubaid Manzoor Lone, 22, son of Mohammad Manzoor Lone of Nadihal Baramulla are the fresh victims.
Tamsheel was killed in forces firing on protestors near encounter site in Kundalan village of Shopian today while Ubaid succumbed to injuries he had sustained in BSF firing in Nadihal on June 25.
On July 7, three civilians — Shakir Ahmad Khanday (22), Arshad Ahmad (20) and a girl Andleeb Jan (13) — were killed in army firing at Hawoora, Kulgam.
On July 9, a 26-year-old youth Tariq Ahmad Mohend son of Ghulam Hassan Mohend of Heff, Shopian was found dead in Arwani village of Kulgam.
He was abducted by unknown gunmen from his home and killed.
The data indicates that civilian killings in Valley this year is on higher side compared to previous years.
“April has been bloodiest so far with 17 civilian killings taking place in the month. 13 civilian killings took place in May, seven including Rising Kashmir Editor Syed Shujaat Bukhari in June, seven in January,
five each in February and March respectively.
According to Union Ministry of Home Affairs data, 40 civilians were killed in militancy-related incidents last year. Fifteen civilians were killed in 2016, 17 in 2015, 28 in 2014 and 15 in 2013 respectively
People, mostly youth throng the gunfight sites across the Valley to pave way for militants to escape from forces’ cordon.
Inspector General CRPF (operations), Zulfikar Hassan told Rising Kashmir that they have been maintaining a high level of restraint during law and order situations near gunfight sites.
“There is a policy in place for all forces deployed in Valley that there should be a minimum civilian causality. We have been appealing people not to come near gunfight sites. But, at some places people, under pressure from militants, defy our appeal. It is very difficult to sanitise. We again appeal people not to throng gunfight sites— It is very dangerous—and anything can happen,” he said.
“We appeal elders of society to guide the younger generation and request everyone to cooperate,” he said.
On what could be the solution to overcome the trend, the CRPF officer said the solution is only that “crowd should not come near gunfight sites.”
javid@risingkashmir.com