Clashes in Sumbal against militant killings; Internet, cellular services shut


Intense clashes erupted between forces and civilian protesters on Monday Sumbal area of Bandipora district after four militants were killed in an encounter in the area.

Reports said that youth took to streets and pelted stones on police and paramilitary forces deployed in the area to protest against the militant killings.

They said that forces used massive force including teargas shells, stun grenades and pepper gas to disperse the protesting civilians.

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Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Sumbal against the killings.

Cellular network including mobile internet has also been suspended in Sumbal. Only State-run BSNL phones are working.

Police on Monday claimed to have foiled an early morning Fidayeen attack on CRPF’s 45 Battalion camp in Sumbal area by killing four militants.

“The fidayeen militants kept firing as they tried to enter the camp. The attack was effectively repulsed by the CRPF sentry and Sumbal Police,” CRPF Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran said.

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