Militants Break Free From Army Cordon

Encounter rages on in Pulwama village

ANANTNAG: An unspecified number of  militants managed to break free from a military cordon after a brief gunfight with government forces in Bijbehara late last night.

The militants engaged joint raiding party from the army and Special Operations Group of police and CRPF at Mahand village in a gunfight after the latter laid a cordon around the village in late hours. 

Panic gripped the area when firing broke out between the two sides.

Police sources said that after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in a house in the village, Army, CRPF and SOG personnel jointly cordoned off the village. “The militants reportedly were present in the house of one Assadullah Wagay. Militants taking cover of heavy firing and darkness managed to escape from the scene” these sources said.

Angered by the escape Govt forces detained the house owner Assadullah Wagay and his son Mudasar Ahmed Wagay, reports said. The forces also detained two youth Fayaz Ahmed  and Rashid-ul-Hasan after they failed to locate any militant inside the house. 

“Mudasir was allegedly thrashed in full public glare and the three were whisked away to some unknown destination for questioning,” residents said. 

Encounter rages in Pulwama

A gunfight meanwhile erupted at Ratnipora in Pulwama district late Monday evening.

Officials said that following the specific information about the presence of some militants, the joint team of army’s 50 RR, CRPF 182, 183 bn and SOG cordoned off Peer Mohalla in Ratnipora village.

As the joint team of forces began searches in the area and fired some warning shots towards the suspected spot; the militants hiding inside the village tried to break the cordon and opened fire upon the joint party of forces sparking off an encounter.

Last reports said at least two militants were believed to be trapped in the area.

Massive Searches in Tanghdar

KUPWARA: Army on Monday conducted extensive searches in the forests of Tanghdar along Line of Control (LoC) to track down the hiding militants.

Defence sources said that that army’s search parties conducted day-long searches in the woods of Tanghdar where infiltrators and forces engaged in a fierce gunfight couple of days ago resulting into death of a soldier. 

A sniffer dog of army was also killed by a stray bullet.

Sources said that the army’s para troopers and choppers were part of the search operation but no militant was found in the area. It is believed that five to seven militants might have snaked into this side.

However, police sources said that the militants have escaped from the woods of Tanghdar after hour long gunfight.

Besides the killing of a soldier, three army commandos were also injured in the gunfight on Saturday. (GNS)

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