PhD scholar among 5 Hizb mil­i­tants killed in Kul­gam

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

A PhD scholar was among five mil­i­tants of Hizbul Mu­jahideen killed in a gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces in south Kash­mir’s Kul­gam dis­trict on Sun­day. The PhD scholar was iden­ti­fied by the po­lice as Waseem Bashir Rather alias Zee­shan who had joined mil­i­tant ranks on May 23, 2018, af­ter his close friend was killed in a gun­fight last year. Waseem is the third PhD scholar to be killed in an en­counter in J&K af­ter Manan Wani, who was killed last Novem­ber, and Sabzar. A po­lice of­fi­cial said, units of the po­lice, CRPF and Army launched a joint cor­don and search op­er­a­tion in a vil­lage in the wee hours of Sun­day fol­low­ing spe­cific in­puts about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants in Kel­lam area of Devsar in Kul­gam. As the searches were be­ing con­ducted, the units sud­denly came un­der heavy fire, forc­ing the se­cu­rity forces to get into an ex­change, which last over four hours. At the end of the en­counter, five Hizbul Mu­jahideen mem­bers were found dead. Apart from Rather, the de­ceased ter­ror­ists were iden­ti­fied as Zahid Par­ray, Idrees Ah­mad Bhat, Aaqib Nazir and Par­vaiz Bhat, all lo­cal mil­i­tants, po­lice added. As the gun­fight started, youth of the vil­lage took to the roads and at­tempted to march to­wards the en­counter site. How­ever, they were in­ter­cepted by the se­cu­rity per­son­nel, who fired pel­lets and tear gas shells to dis­perse them. The youths, how­ever, be­gan pelt­ing the troops with stones. The au­thor­i­ties sus­pended mo­bile in­ter­net ser­vice in the area as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. Mean­while, 11 peo­ple, in­clud­ing seven se­cu­rity per­son­nel, were in­jured in a grenade at­tack by mil­i­tants at Lal Chowk area. “The mil­i­tants hurled the grenade at the se­cu­rity per­son­nel near Pal­la­dium Cin­ema at Lal Chowk around 6.45 pm, re­sult­ing in in­juries to 11 peo­ple,” a po­lice spokesper­son said.

The mil­i­tants hurled the grenade at the se­cu­rity per­son­nel near Pal­la­dium Cin­ema at Lal Chowk around 6.45 pm, re­sult­ing in in­juries to 11 peo­ple

J&K Po­lice spokesper­son

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