21 April, 2021

Home-Grown, Home-Slain: Why Militants In Kashmir Are Being Killed Near Their Homes

Some 50 Kashmiri militants were killed near their homes in 2017. That number is increasing. Why?

In Memoriam
Posters of Showkat Ahmad Khan outside his house, Handora
Photograph by Naseer Ganai
Home-Grown, Home-Slain: Why Militants In Kashmir Are Being Killed Near Their Homes
outlookindia.com
2018-11-12T15:21:24+05:30

The skeleton of his burnt-down house greets the eyes of Ghulam Mohideen Dar, 41, as he sits gazing upon the remains from a distance, his three-year-old daughter on his lap. Has anything survived? Who knows. None from the family has dared to enter the charred walls, braving the police poster that has hung there—“Danger: don’t venture near the house”—since the house, in Chinktar village in the volatile Tral area of Pulwama district, was gutted in a gunfight at the end of October.

According to Mohideen, two militants, who the police later identified as Showkat Ahmad Khan, 17, and Usman Haider, nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Moulana Masood Azhar, entered the house that day, followed by the army; a gun battle erupted within minutes. Locals say the soldiers set fire to the residence, killing the fighters inside. No protest occurred during the encounter.

Cut to Handora, a small village in the foothills of a mountain, only...

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