At least 15 residential houses have been reduced to debris, rendering several dozen families homeless amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Scores of counterinsurgency police and paramilitary soldiers cordoned off a congested neighbourhood in Srinagar's old quarters on a tip that some militants were hiding there, said Pankaj Singh, a paramilitary spokesman.
Indian government forces killed a top rebel commander and his aide in disputed Kashmir, then proceeding to shut down mobile internet services during subsequent anti-India protests.
Naikoo's killing came as a blow to one of Kashmir's oldest rebel outfits but also revealed the Modi regime's aggressive approach to the Kashmir conflict isn't bearing any fruit.
India's 'non-lethal' weapon to crush protests in Kashmir takes lives - and those it doesn't kill, it maims permanently.
Although Islamabad has always supported Kashmir's UN-sanctioned Right to Self Determination, it has also been wary of Kashmiri nationalism that envisions a state free from both India and Pakistan.
Protests have not let up since August 5, when India stripped Kashmir's nominal autonomy, a senior government source said.
He wasn't in the good books of Kashmiri resistance groups nor their Pakistani supporters, so the former carrom board champion was probably used by the Indian state to serve a purpose and then discarded.
Zakir Musa's killing is billed as a major blow to the armed rebellion in India-administered Kashmir, where thousands have come out on the streets in fresh anti-New Delhi protests.
Emulating the role of a private contractor, the Indian government has recruited a 30,000-strong force in India-administered Kashmir, using them as a tool to suppress the Kashmiri freedom struggle and pitting them against their own community.
Only a day after announcing it would take place, India's foreign ministry cancelled a meeting between its minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled for the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
India imposes restrictions, snaps internet in parts of India-administered Kashmir to prevent protests called by pro-independence groups to mark the second death anniversary of popular rebel commander Burhan Wani.
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