SRINAGAR An M. Tech student was among the two Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed in a gunfight with the government forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday, police said.
Rahil Rashid Sheikh, who belonged to Nuner village in Ganderbal district, was pursuing Masters in Technology in a college at Chandigarh and had joined militant ranks only three days back on April 3.
“The other militant killed in the gun battle has been identified as Bilal Ahmad of Keegam village from Shopian district,” police said.
The gunfight took place in Parguchi village when personnel of the army’s Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group (SOG) of state police were carrying out a search operation in an orchard area in Imam Sahib.
“Hiding militants fired at the government forces triggering a brief gun battle in which both militants were killed,” police said.
On May 6, 2018, Kashmir University Assistant Professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat, who also hailed from Ganderbal, was killed in a gunfight in Shopian also – only 48 hours after he joined militancy.
Following the gunfight, the youth took to streets and pelted stones at government forces near the encounter site. The police and paramilitary troops used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the youth. However, there were no reports about any injury to anyone during the clashes.
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