Jawan, mil­i­tant killed in gun­fight; hide­out busted

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - Ashiq Hus­sain let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRINAGAR: A mil­i­tant and a soldier were killed in a gun­fight that erupted on Tues­day morn­ing in south Kash­mir’s Kul­gam district, while a mil­i­tant hide­out was busted in Pul­wama district fol­low­ing an­other en­counter.

Deputy in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice SP Pani said the gun­fight in Now­bug Kund area of Kul­gam ended with the deaths of a soldier and a mil­i­tant. A po­lice­man was in­jured but sta­ble.

The gun­fight erupted af­ter po­lice, army’s Rashtriya Ri­fles and CRPF launched a cordon and search op­er­a­tion (CASO) in the area. “The fir­ing stopped in Kul­gam in the morn­ing it­self but we are still search­ing the area,” Pani said late in the evening.

Pani said the iden­tity of the slain mil­i­tant was be­ing as­cer­tained. “He seems to be a Hizbul Mu­jahideen op­er­a­tive but we can con­firm his iden­tity once his fam­ily iden­ti­fies the body,” he said, sug­gest­ing that the mil­i­tant was a lo­cal. Po­lice con­trol room, Kul­gam, in­formed that the soldier be­longed to 10 Sikh-LI reg­i­ment.

Mean­while, the en­counter be­tween se­cu­rity forces and mil­i­tants which started in Laan Tral area of Pul­wama ended with the

IDEN­TITY OF THE SLAIN MIL­I­TANT WAS BE­ING AS­CER­TAINED, THOUGH COPS SAID HE AP­PEARED TO BE A HIZBUL MU­JAHIDEEN OP­ER­A­TIVE

bust­ing of a mil­i­tant hide­out.

“A huge hide­out of Jaish-e-Mo­ham­mad out­fit was busted in Tral,” Pani said.

The en­coun­ters in south Kash­mir came af­ter two lo­cal Hizbul Mu­jahideen mil­i­tants were killed when they at­tacked a po­lice check­point in north Kash­mir’s Hand­wara on Mon­day night.

An army jawan and three mil­i­tants were killed in an en­counter in south Kash­mir’s Pul­wama district on Novem­ber 6 when the Cen­tre’s in­ter­locu­tor, Di­nesh­war Sharma, ar­rived to ini­ti­ate the di­a­logue process.

Sharma, a for­mer chief of the In­tel­li­gence Bureau who was tasked by the Union gov­ern­ment to ini­ti­ate talks in Kash­mir over the three-decade-old in­sur­gency, met over 80 del­e­ga­tions on his three day visit to Kash­mir from Novem­ber 6.

How­ever, Hur­riyat lead­ers did not meet him nor did he visit any sep­a­ratist leader.

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