CRPF jawan, mi­nor boy killed in J&K mil­i­tant at­tack

Troops had launched an op on Thurs­day evening af­ter re­ceiv­ing tip-off about pres­ence of mil­i­tants

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRI­NA­GAR: A six-year-old boy and a Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force (CRPF) trooper were killed in a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Anant­nag dis­trict on Fri­day, of­fi­cials said.

In a sep­a­rate op­er­a­tion in south Kash­mir’s Pul­wama, se­cu­rity forces gunned down three ter­ror­ists — be­lieved to be from the Hizbul Mu­jahideen — and re­cov­ered arms and am­mu­ni­tion from the site.

A ter­ror­ist fired at a CRPF pa­trol team on a high­way in Anant­nag’s Bi­jbe­hara area, around 12:15pm, a po­lice spokesper­son said. Zahid Daas of the Jammu and Kash­mir unit of the Is­lamic State was in­volved in the at­tack, Kash­mir in­spec­tor gen­eral (IG) Vi­jay Kumar said later. The po­lice filed an FIR against Daas. “... [the at­tack] caused in­juries to a CRPF trooper and a mi­nor boy. Both were shifted to nearby hos­pi­tal where they suc­cumbed to their in­juries,” a po­lice spokesper­son said.

The six-year-old boy who died in the in­ci­dent was iden­ti­fied as Ne­han Yawar of Kul­gam dis­trict. Se­nior po­lice and army of­fi­cers launched an op­er­a­tion in ar­eas ad­ja­cent to the high­way.

SRI­NA­GAR: Se­cu­rity forces on Fri­day gunned down three mil­i­tants dur­ing an en­counter in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Pul­wama dis­trict, of­fi­cials said.

The troops had launched an op­er­a­tion at Chewa Ul­lar in Tral of Pul­wama on Thurs­day evening af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants in the area.

Of­fi­cials said the first mil­i­tant was killed early on Fri­day morn­ing and two more were killed later as the op­er­a­tion pro­gressed. The mil­i­tants, be­lieved to be lo­cals, were hid­ing in a house which was dam­aged dur­ing the gun­fight.

A po­lice spokesman said the mil­i­tants were given an op­por­tu­nity to sur­ren­der. How­ever, they fired in­dis­crim­i­nately on the joint search party, which re­tal­i­ated and led to the gun bat­tle.

“Arms and am­mu­ni­tion, in­clud­ing two AK ri­fles, six AK mag­a­zines, five AK rounds, a pis­tol, a pis­tol mag­a­zine, four pis­tol rounds and other in­crim­i­nat­ing ma­te­ri­als were re­cov­ered from the site. All the re­cov­ered ma­te­ri­als have been taken into case records for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and to probe their role and com­plic­ity in other ter­ror crimes,” the spokesman said.

He said the bod­ies of the three mil­i­tants have been sent to Hand­wara for con­duct­ing the last rites af­ter com­plet­ing medico-le­gal for­mal­i­ties, in­clud­ing col­lec­tion of DNA.

“In case any fam­ily claims the killed ter­ror­ists as their kin, they can come for­ward for their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the last rites at Hand­wara,” he said.

Se­cu­rity forces have stepped up the of­fen­sive in Kash­mir Val­ley and killed more than 100 ter­ror­ists in op­er­a­tions since the be­gin­ning of this year. Forty mil­i­tants were killed this month alone, and most of them were killed in south Kash­mir, which is con­sid­ered the hot­bed of mil­i­tancy in the re­gion.

THE MIL­I­TANTS, BE­LIEVED TO BE LO­CALS, WERE HID­ING IN A HOUSE WHICH WAS DAM­AGED DUR­ING THE GUN­FIGHT; FIRST MIL­I­TANT WAS KILLED EARLY ON FRI­DAY MORN­ING

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