AnantnagAn overnight shootout in a village near Bijbehara left one militant and a civilian dead and the deaths later sparked a day long rage across Anantnag.
Two persons died in Kanelwan village of Bijbehara in South Kashmirs Anantnag district late on Thursday night during a brief shootout, police sources said adding, one of the dead was identified as Yawar Nisar who had joined militancy only 10 days back.
A police handout said that on a specific input about the presence of three militants in general area of Herpora Kanelwan in Anantnag district, operation was launched by armys 3 RR, Anantnag police and 40/90 Bn CRPF.
During search operation militants fired on the search party resulting in exchange of fire. At around midnight taking advantage of darkness two militants fired and managed to escape. Cut off party of Army retaliated fire.
Later on, it was learnt one individual riding a motorcycle Yamaha Libero (JK13-527?) with erased last numeral got killed in cross firing.
No material leading to identity or I-card could be retrieved. Two mobile phones (Nokia 1209) and Jivi-N300 were seized from the said individual. One militant of Hizbul Mujahideen Yawar Nissar Shergujri @ Algazi got killed in the encounter.
One SLR, 2 magazines, 40 rounds, one Chinese hand grenade and a pouch was recovered from the slain militant. One solider of 3 RR namely Rifleman Rohit Kumar No. 13771129K also sustained injuries.
The funeral prayers for the slain militant were held at Hanfia Eidgah, Janglat Mandi where thousands of people offered prayers. Nisar was the first militant from the town in more than a decade. He had joined militant ranks only ten days back.
The civilian was identified as Tanvir Ahmed of Arwani Bijbehara. Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed across the Annatnag district to mourn the killing of the militant and the civilian.
Reports said massive clashes erupted between youth and government forces in old town Anantnag. Reports said that as soon as the news of the killing of Yawar Nissar and a civilian spread clashes erupted at Lal Chowk, Malakhnag, Chinni Chowk, Reshi Bazaar, Sherpora, Janglat Mandi and Achabal bus terminal areas of old town of the district.
Youth from the areas started protesting, however, police and paramilitary forces fired several teargas canisters to disperse them, triggering massive clashes in the areas.
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