As a reflection of its disputed history, Kashmir again witnessed another bloodied year of 2016 in which over 371 people including civilian, militants and security personal died. The year also witnessed the longest ever shutdown of over 5 months in Kashmir history. During gunfight between Indian armed forces and pro freedom militants, 144 militants, 63 army men, 11 CRPF, 19 policemen, 8 BSF and one SSB man was killed. During violent clashes 126 civilians lost their lives in police firing.
Some of the highlights that became the major news in J&K in 2016:
January 1: A division bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday stayed a single bench order directing the state’s constitutional authorities to hoist the state flag on official buildings and vehicles.
At least 10 labourers were charred to death and four others injured in a massive overnight fire in Chanderkote area of Ramban in Jammu province.
January 7: Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed (79) died in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi.
January 9: Governors Rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after ‘grief-stricken’ Mehbooba Mufti refused to take oath.
January 11: LeT Commander from Zewan, Sajad Ahmed alias Shada was killed in a brief gunfight at Gusso area of Tailbal Hazratbal.
January 15: Pulwama limped back to normalcy after 16 days shutdown against administration for not allowing the locals to erect ‘Martyrs War Memorial.’
January 16: A policeman Shakoor Ahmed Parrey decamped with four service rifles from the residence of a top police officer in Bijbehara.
January 20: A local Hizb militant Shariq Ahmed Bhat of Brow Bandana, Awantipora was killed in gun battle with Indian troopers, triggering violent protest which left one civilian Parvaiz Ahmed Guroo resident of Naina dead and four others injured after government forces opened fire to disperse the protesters in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
January 26: A local militant Mushtaq Ahmed Haroo of Pushwara Khanabal was killed in a mid-night gunfight at Kalhal Kokernag area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.
Jan 29: A Pakistani militant whom police identified as Abu Usman alias Zarar was killed in an encounter in Lohar Mohalla Lolab in Kupwara district.
January 30: Two militants were killed in Lolab Enounter.
February 4: Army claimed that it killed three unidentified non-local militants in Khosa Mohalla area of Hajin town of Bandipora district.
February 6: Cop turned militant Mufeed Bashir of Zadoora died in an encounter at Gundipora Pulwama.
February 13: Two Army personnel and five militants were killed, in the encounter with militants in Marsari village of Chowkibal border area in Kupwara district.
February 14: A militant Adil Ahmad of Banderpora, Pulwama was killed in an encounter at Kharpora area of Kakapora. During the post encounter protest, two students including a girl were killed.
February 20: Two CRPF personnel, two army Captains and an army soldier and a civillian were killed in two days long gun fight between militants and security forces at EDI Pampore.
March 3: Three local militants were killed in an encounter at Mirmohalla Dadsara in Tral town of Pulwama district. They were identified as Asif from Dadsara, Ishaq alias Newton from Laribal and Ashiq from Chersoo.
March 6: A Hizb militant Dawood Sheikh of Reshipora Qaimou Kulgam was killed during an encounter with Indian troopers at Buchroo Kulgam.
March 9: Two LeT militants including Abu Oshaka were killed in an encounter at Padgampora Pulwama.
March 18: Army claimed that it killed two militants in Bhatmohalla Handwara during a midnight operation.
March 30: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a woman Hameeda Begum wife of late Ghulam Hasan Dar at Noorpora Tral.
April 4: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed took oath as the first female Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir along with 22 Ministers—11 from PDP and 11 from BJP
April 5: Army at Gudora Pulwama killed a Hizb militant Bilal Ahmed Bhat of Karimabad while in Sheikhpura area of Lalpora Kupwara district another militant was shot dead by Indian troopers.
April 6: Cop turned militant Naseer Ahmed Pandit and his associate Waseem Ahmed Malla were killed during a gunfight at Vahil village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
April 12: Two youth Nayeem Qadir Bhat of Handwara and Muhammad Iqbal of Buhama Kupwara were killed after Army fired on protesters in Handwara against molestation of a teen age girl.
April 13: Elderly woman of Langate Raja Begum who was hit by an Army bullet during protest in Handwara died in hospital. Another youth Jahangir Ahmed of Dragmulla Kupwara died after he was hit by a tear-gas shell at Drugmulla
April 15: A class 11th student Arif Hussain Dar of Avora Kupwara was killed after 47 RR of Indian Army opened fire on protesters in Natnusa Kupwara.
April 21: Three unidentified non-local militants were killed in Putshai area of Lolab in Kupwara district during an Army operation.
April 26: Torch bearer of Independent Kashmir Amanullah Khan passed away in Rawalpindi Pakistan.
April 29: An unidentified militant was killed in a brief encounter in Kanthpora Lolab of Kupwara districts.
May 6: An army soldier was killed in Keran Sector after militants fired upon him during an infiltration bid.
May 7: Three militants were killed in an encounter at Panjgam Pulwama. They were identified as Ishfaq Dar of Dogripora, Ishfaq Baba of Tahab and Haseeb Ahmed Pala of Bandana Sangam.
May 8: Suspected militants snatched four rifles from policemen in Adijan Kulgam.
May 16: Suspected militants shot dead a civilian Manzoor Ahmed Pala of Batapora Wanpora Kulgam.
May 17: Two militants were killed in two separate encounters in Shopian and Kupwara district of Kashmir. Unidentified militant was killed during a gunfight in Zunereshi Chowkibal area of frontier district Kupwara while a Hizb militant Farooq Ahmed Sheikh of Nazimpora Shopian was killed at Pehlipora.
May 21: Five unidentified militants and an army man were killed in an encounter in Chek Dragmulla area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
May 23: Militants killed 3 cops in twin attack. At Zadibal HM militants shot dead an ASI Ghulam Muhammad Bhat and Head Constable Nazir Ahmad Mir.
In the second strike, militants shot dead constable Muhammad Sadiq Sheikh of Sogam Lolab,
May 25: A policeman Reyaz Ahmed was killed in militant attack in Manghama Pulwama
May 27: A militant and an Indian army man from 2 RR were killed in gunfight in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district.
June 3: Three BSF personnel were killed and 7 others injured after Hizb militants attacked their convoy at Gorivan area of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.
June 4: Two policemen ASI Bashir Ahmed and Constable Reyaz Ahmed were killed after militants attacked a police party at KP road Islamabad.
June 15: An Army signalman Ajay Singh Chowdary and a militant was killed in Machil sector of Kupwara district.
June 16: Four militants and an Army man were killed in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district.
June 17: Two Hizbul Mujhadeen militants Imtiyaz Ahmed Lone and Altaf Ahmed Mir were killed in a fierce encounter in North Kashmir’s Bomai Sopore.
June 23: Six militants were killed in two different encounters at Lolab and Drugmulla area of frontier district Kupwara.
June 24: A militant was killed in an encounter at Wadarbala Handwara.
June 25: Eight CRPF personnel and two militants were killed after LeT militants attacked a CRPF bus in Pampore. 22 other CRPF personnel were injured. Two militants were killed in Uri in an encounter.
June 26: A police man was killed after a teargas shell bursted in his hand in Pampore.
June 28: A Hizb militant from Sopore Sameer Ahmed Wani was killed in an encounter at Nagri Dragmulla Kupwara
June 30: Two LeT militants Manzoor Ahmed of Kakapora and Abu Ayan of Pakistan were killed in an encounter at Malawari Newa area of Pulwama district.
July 5: A militant was killed in Rajwar Handwara.
July 8: New face of Kashmir militancy Burhan Wani along with his two associates Sartaj Ahmed and Parvez Ahmed was killed in Bumbdora Kokarnag area of South Kashmir.
July 11: Two militants and an Army man were killed in Nowgam Sector of Kupwara district.
July 23: An army man was killed during an encounter when according to Defense Spokesperson they tried to foil an infiltration bid.
July 26: Army claimed that four militants were killed and one was apprehended during a fierce gunfight in Nowgam sector of Kupwara.
July 26: A Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Fayaz Ahmed Rather was shot dead by unidentified persons in Rafiabad Sopore.
July 30: Two militants and two army man died in an encounter in Nowgam Sector in Kupwara district.
July 31: Two Army men were killed in land mine blast in Kargil.
Aug 1: A militant was killed in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district.
Aug 12: A policeman Manzoor Ahmed and a civilian Farooq Ahmed Dar were killed when militants opened fire on the cop at Chansar village of Kulgam district.
Aug 15: Five militants were killed in a gunfight with Army in Uri Sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district while two militants and a CRPF Commandant of 49 Battalion Pramod Kumar was killed in an encounter at Nowhatta Srinagar.
Aug 17: Two Army men and a cop were killed after militants attacked their convoy at Khawja Bagh Baramulla. The slain were identified as police constable Pritpal Singh, Sepoy J.Gosh and Sepoy Shakti Singh. Four security personnel including a police driver were wounded in the attack.
Aug 21: Army claimed that it killed three militants in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara district.
Aug 26: A police constable Khurshid Ahmed Ganie was shot dead by suspected militants in Qoil Pulwama after he was coming out from his home.
Aug 30: A soldier Rajender Singh of 2 Raj Rifles was killed and another injured in Jammu district in a gunfight with infiltrating militants.
Sep 11: Eight militants and a cop were killed in three separate encounters in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district while two different gunfights also broke out in Poonch district of Jammu region. Five militants were killed near the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowgam Sector of Kupwara district. A policeman was killed and two others, including an officer, injured as forces engaged in twin encounters that also left 3 militants dead.
Sep 12: A hospital employee Bilal Dar of Malaknag Hazratbal died while 14 others including four cops sustained injuries in a grenade blast at Sherbagh area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Sep 14: A police Rouf Ahmed from Mujgund area succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered injuries during an encounter in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar city on 15 August.
Sep 18: At least 19 Army men were killed and four militants lost their lives in a fierce gunfight in Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Sep 21: An army man was killed during a gunfight in Nowgam sector in North Kashmir.
Oct 2: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmed at Kandizal Kakapora area of Pulwama district. Militants attacked an Army Camp in Janbazpora Baramulla killing one BSF man.
Oct 6: Army said that it killed 7 militants in two different encounters in Handwara and Nowgam areas of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Three militants were killed when they tried to attack on a base of 30 RR in Langate area while four militants were killed in Nowgam sector.
Oct 7: A policeman Nazir Ahmed from Kulgam was killed in a militant attack at Jamnagri Shopian in South Kashmir.
Oct 11: 2 militants were killed in 60 hours long gunfight at EDI Pampore.
Oct 12: A People’s Conference worker Ghulam Nabi Khoja was shot dead by militants at Kralgund Handwara.
Oct 14: A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) man was killed while eight others seriously injured in a militant attack in Zakura area on Srinagar outskirts.
Oct 15: A soldier from Rajputana Rifles was killed in a sniper shot at Mehnder sector of Rajouri district.
Oct 27: A soldier from 6 Ghadwal Sandeep Singh was killed in an infiltration bid along the border in Tangdar sector.
Oct 28: one militants and one army man Mandeep Singh was killed when militant attack in Machil sector.
Oct 31: An Indian Army soldier was killed in Rajouri area of Jammu and Kashmir during cross-border firing.
Nov 1: Eight persons including two women were killed in cross border firing in Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu region.
Nov 5: A militant Waseem Ahmed Khandey was killed during an encounter in Shopian district.
Nov 6: Two army men were killed in Pakistan cross border firing in Krishna Ghati Sector.
Nov 7: A militant was killed in Wangum area of Shopian district.
Nov 8: An army man was killed in cross border firing in Poonch sector.
Nov 9: Two army men were killed in cross border firing along line of control in Jammu sector.
Nov 10: A militant was killed in Rampur sector of Baramulla district when a group of militants tried to infiltrate into this part of Valley.
Nov 12: An Army man Harshid Batario was killed in cross border firing in Keran sector.
Nov 16: A Special Operation Group man Muhammad Rafiq was killed in an encounter in Yembarzalwari Marbal area of North Kashmir’s Sopore town.
Nov 19: A militant Rayees Ahmed of Dangarmohalla Kakapora was killed in an encounter with government forces in Kakapora Pulwama.
Nov 21: A BSF man was killed in Pakistan firing in Rajouri sector.
Nov 22: Two non-local militants were killed in Hajin area of Bandipora district in an encounter with government forces.
Nov 25: Two militants and an army man were killed in Tujjar Bandipora encounter. Militants killed two cops head constable Tanvir Ahmed and constable Jalaluddin in Kulgam.
Nov 29: Seven soldiers, including two army officers, and six militants were killed in twin attacks in (Nagrota and Samba) Jammu division.
Dec 1: A civilian and a Congress worker Ajaz Ahmed Malik of Dooru Islamabad was shot dead by Army at Agno village.
Dec 2: An employee of Fishery Department Asadullah Kumhar was killed in ‘cross firing’ in Chancher village of Kulgam district.
Dec 8: A civilian Arif Ahmed Shah was killed near encounter site after Government Forces fired upon protesters in Arwani Bijbehara. Two charred bodies of alleged militants were recovered from Hasanpora Arwani after 42 hours long gun battle.
Dec 14: A militant Engineer Basit Dar was killed in Marhama Bijbehara while a Pakistani militant Abu Bakar was killed in Bomai Sopore.
Dec 17: Three soldiers were killed and two others injured in a militant attack on an army convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway at Pampore area of Pulwama district.
Dec 25: Unidentified gunmen shot dead 32-year old Nazir Ahmad Mir of Bahrampora Rafiabad outside his residence.