Two mil­i­tants killed in In­dia’s Kash­mir

In­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tinue probe into Hur­riyat’s ‘ter­ror fund­ing’

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Sri­na­gar, In­dia - Two mil­i­tants were killed on Sun­day by the se­cu­rity forces in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Pul­wama district, a de­fence of­fi­cial said in the state cap­i­tal Sri­na­gar.

De­fence Min­istry spokesman Col Ra­jesh Kalia said, ‘two mil­i­tants were killed in an on­go­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion in Ta­hab vil­lage’ 30km south of Sri­na­gar.

‘The mil­i­tants were hid­ing in­side a house and tried to break cor­don. Two were killed out­side the house’, The Hindu news­pa­per re­ported quot­ing a po­lice of­fi­cial.

‘The mil­i­tants have been iden­ti­fied as Abid Man­zoor Magray of Now­pora and Ir­fan Sheikh of Ni­har, Ta­hab. They be­longed to Hizbul Mu­jahideen out­fit’, the re­port said.

NIA ques­tions man close to Gee­lani

As part of its crack­down on Kash­miri sep­a­ratist lead­ers for their al­leged in­volve­ment in fund­ing ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties, the Na­tional In­ves­ti­gat­ing Agency (NIA) on Sun­day ques­tioned a Jammu ac­tivist and busi­ness­man, Devin­der Singh Be­hal, who is con­sid­ered close to Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani and is reg­u­larly seen at fu­ner­als of slain mil­i­tants.

The NIA said it con­ducted searches at the Jammu res­i­dence and of­fice of Be­hal, the Chair­man of the Jammu and Kash­mir So­cial Peace Fo­rum (JKSPF). The JKSPF is a con­stituent of the hard­line fac­tion of the Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence led by Gee­lani.

Four mo­bile phones, a tablet, some elec­tronic de­vices, in­crim­i­nat­ing doc­u­ments and fi­nan­cial doc­u­ments were re­cov­ered dur­ing the search op­er­a­tions, an NIA state­ment said.

‘The ques­tion­ing by NIA teams is go­ing on’, it said.

The NIA claimed that Be­hal is a mem­ber of the le­gal cell of the Gee­lani-led Hur­riyat. ‘ He is a close as­so­ciate of a top Hur­riyat leader and reg­u­larly at­tends fu­ner­als of mil­i­tants’, it said.

(AFP)

This file photo shows a po­lice bus car­ry­ing ar­rested All Par­ties Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence lead­ers, at Pa­tiala House Court in New Delhi on July 25

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