Shopian Shootout: The Complete Story


SRINAGAR: As the rumours started that there was a brief shoot-out near Penjoora, the reporters in Shopain rushed to the district hospital because this invariably is the first stop for all the casualties, conflict or otherwise. Well before they could see an injured, the actual details enforced a sort of tension in the town.It was 8 pm when the incident took place. Army broke the news that they killed a militant. Within less than 15 minutes, the follow-up came that there were three “OGWs”, the overground workers, who were also killed in the shootout. By late evening, police were in a position to say that the toll may go up. By morning, two more bodies were recovered, one each of a civilian, not far away from the spot of the shootout and another, that of a militant, almost 7 km away, at Saidpora Payeen, a village located between Meemander and Shamsipora, very close to Shopian-Kulgam road. Still, police believes, there could be some more people who might be busy treating themselves for bullet wounds.
Interestingly, this shootout also involved the 44-Rashtriya Rifles, the particular army battalion that was earlier charged for a series of killings at Ganawpora village, near the Balpora garrison.