Mil­i­tant killed in J&K en­counter, po­lice­man shot dead by gun­men

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

AN UNIDEN­TI­FIED GUN­MEN FORCIBLY EN­TERED HOUSE OF PO­LICE CON­STA­BLE JAVEED AH­MAD AT WAR­PORA IN SO­PORE AND SHOT HIM DEAD

SRI­NA­GAR : A mil­i­tant was killed and an­other in­jured in an en­counter in south Kash­mir’s Pul­wama dis­trict, while uniden­ti­fied gun­men shot dead a po­lice con­sta­ble in north Kash­mir’s So­pore town on Satur­day.

Po­lice and army late on Fri­day launched a cordon and search op­er­a­tion in Babo­gund vil­lage in Pul­wama af­ter the pres­ence of mil­i­tants in a house. In the morn­ing, an en­counter broke out in the area re­sult­ing in killing of one mil­i­tant while two other mil­i­tants es­caped from the cordon.

How­ever, one in­jured mil­i­tant was brought to the SMHS Hospi­tal in in­jured con­di­tion. Doc­tors said the con­di­tion of in­jured mil­i­tant is crit­i­cal.

De­fence spokesman said one mil­i­tant was killed in Pul­wama op­er­a­tion. Af­ter the killing of mil­i­tant, re­stric­tions were im­posed in Pul­wama and ad­ja­cent vil­lages. The slain mil­i­tant has been iden­ti­fied as Shabir Ah­mad Dar of Sam­boora. Mul­ti­ple fu­ner­als were held for the mil­i­tant at his na­tive vil­lage.

On Fri­day night, an uniden­ti­fied gun­men forcibly en­tered the house of po­lice con­sta­ble Javeed Ah­mad at War­pora in So­pore and fired vol­ley of bul­lets on him. He was shifted to sub-dis­trict hospi­tal where doc­tors de­clared him dead. The con­sta­ble was as­so­ci­ated with armed bat­tal­ion of the po­lice. Po­lice blamed mil­i­tants for the killing of con­sta­ble and said case has been reg­is­tered against the mil­i­tants.

This year, so far, 38 po­lice­men and SPOS have been killed by mil­i­tants. Mean­while, Kup­wara ob­served shut­down for the third day against killing of PHD scholar-turned mil­i­tant Manan Wani.

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