Militants Escape Army Dragnet In Pulwama After Injuring 2 Soldiers

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Srinagar: Unidentified militants on Tuesday managed to give slip to the state after injuring two soldiers in a brief encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A senior police officer said that a search operation was launched by joint team of forces including 50 RR, CRPF and Pulwama Police on specific inputs about the presence of militants in Marwal area of the district.

He said that the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire upon the joint team of state forces. The search team, he said retaliated the fire triggering an encounter in which two army soldiers were injured. However, the official said that militants managed to flee from the spot.

“Search operation which continued for many hours has been called off,” the senior police officer said.

Two OGWs Held With Rs 6L Cash: Police

State forces on Tuesday arrested two overground workers (OGWs) of militants from Awantipora area of Pulwama district of south Kashmir and seized Rs 6 lakh from their possession meant for funding the Al-Badr militant outfit, police said.

“Acting on a specific information, police and security forces today morning arrested two militant associates at Ladhoo Crossing when the duo was travelling on a scooter from Shopian district to Khrew area in Pulwama,” a police official said.

He said the arrested persons have been identified as Rayees-ul-Hassan and Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, both residents of the Awantipora area in the district.

“Incriminating material of proscribed outfit Al-Badr has been recovered from their possession which includes Rs 6 lakh Indian currency, he said.

The two-wheeler, bearing registration number JK01AC- 4035, used for the commission of the crime has also been seized, the official added.

A case under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities Act has been registered in police station Khrew in this connection, he said.

Meanwhile, three militant associates of Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested from Ganderbal district during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The official said the arrested persons of the module were instructed by their Pakistani handler to join militancy and undertake attacks on security forces in the area.

“During sustained questioning, the trio disclosed the location of three hand-grenades which were recovered on their instance,” he said.

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