Clash between Army, Civilian in JK: When will bloodbath end?

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Srinagar, March 15: Inside Jammu and Kashmir, there is an open, but undeclared war going on between army men and civilians as both the sides want to stake their claim in the state. Accusations alleging each other of attack and atrocities are not new. 

Civilians are the worst affected in Indian Army's fight against militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. Whenever there is any terror related incident in the state, casualty of civilians is sure to happen.

Latest to join the list of civilian who died due to army firing was Altaf Ahmad Wani, 37, a labourer.

Wani was shot dead by CRPF men at Saidpora in wake of Srinagar attack on Wednesday. The CRPF personnel allegedly opened fire after coming under attack by a group of stone pelters.

Following Wani's death, curfew is on in the Valley since last two days.

In fact, Wani was the sole-bread earner of his family. He was looking after his ailing parents, three daughters and wife with his meagre earnings.

"They are very poor people. Altaf was a labourer," said his neighbour Abdul Samad. "He was so poor, in fact, that Altaf couldn't even afford to send his girls to a private school. His parents are suffering from cardiac problems. Altaf's death has shattered their lives," Samad added.

"They cannot yet understand what has befallen them," said another neighbour Riyaz Ahmad.

Altaf was shot as he was heading home along with his uncle. "There were no protests or stone-pelting in the area. The CRPF men just went on firing at several places. They were taking revenge for the Bemina killings," Abdul Gani of Eidgah, an eyewitness, claimed.

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