Srinagar/Sopore, Nov 30:
Four militants including a top commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in twin encounters with forces in Budgam and Sopore on Thursday while a civilian was injured in forces firing on protestors near the encounter site in Budgam.
Sources said army’s 10 Garwal, police and CRPF men laid a joint cordon and search operation around Futhlipora, Pakherpora area of Budgam district at around 6 am after receiving intelligence inputs about presence of militants there.
“We were tracking this group from last three to four days and today there was a specific input about their presence in a particular house. Over 20 inmates were evacuated safely and militants were given opportunity to surrender.
However, militants fired on the forces and the fire was returned by the troops, triggering an encounter. In the four hour-long gunfight, three militants were killed and the house where from there were firing caught fire,” army Brigadier, Harbir Singh told reporters at 12 sector RR headquarters at Balapur in Shopian today.
He claimed that four militants were killed in the encounter but bodies of only three militants were recovered.
“The three slain militants belonged to Jaish, which was active in the area from last over two months,” Singh said.
However, a police spokesman said three militants were killed in the encounter.
He identified one of the slain militant as Shabir Ahmad Dar of Thokerpora Pulwama. “The identity of two other militants is being ascertained.”
The spokesman said 3 AK rifles, 3 AK magazines, 111 AK rounds and other ammunition was recovered from the encounter site.
Shabir had joined militancy in July this year.
Brigadier Singh termed killing of three Jaish militants as big success for forces.
Witnesses said clashes broke out between protestors and forces in the area after the force personnel were laying siege to the area.
The protestors hurled stones and brick towards the force personnel deployed at the outer-cordon.
The force personnel fired tear gas shells and resorted to pellet firing to disperse the stone pelting youth and prevent them from marching towards the encounter site. The cops also fired some live ammunition towards the protestors.
“At least three civilians were injured. One of the injured identified as Bashir Ahmad Mir was hit by bullet and two others by pellets. The injured have been hospitalised,” witnesses said.
Reports said a Tata Mobile allegedly used to ferry force personnel towards the encounter site was set ablaze by the protesters.
Meanwhile, another encounter broke out between militants and security personnel in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
SP Sopore Harmeet Singh told Rising Kashmir that acting on specific inputs about presence of militants, Sopore police along with 22 RR and CRPF 179, 92 and 177 launched a joint cordon and search operation in Kumar Mohalla of village Sagipora Sopore at around 10 am.
“During the search operation, the forces party came under fire from the militants. The fire was returned by the troops and in the ensuing gunfight, a Lashkar commander was killed and a trooper injured,” he said.
He identified the slain Lashkar commander as Muzamil, a Pakistani national.
“An AK-47 with five magazines and other ammunition has been recovered from the slain militant. A case under FIR number 92/2017 has been registered at police station Bomai, Sopore,” SP Sopore said.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police, Shesh Paul Vaid said the number of militants killed in anti-militancy operations in Valley has crossed 200 this year alone.
The number of killed militants this year is all time high in last seven years.
“Today by the collective effort of @JmuKmrPolice, Indian Army, @crpfindia, CAPF and people of Kashmir have led to killing of more than 200 militants in 2017 alone,” Vaid tweeted.
He said this marks a “huge landmark for establishing peace and stability in the state and country”.
According to statistics, 165 militants were killed by forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the Kashmir hinterland in 2016. At least 77 forces personnel were also killed in different militancy related incidents this year.
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