3 Militants Killed, Civilian Injured In Pulwama Encounter

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Srinagar: Three local militants were killed and a civilian injured in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said Wednesday.

Acting on a specific input about presence of militants, special operations group (SOG) of police, army’s 55 and 182 RR and the personnel of CRPF 183 batallion laid a siege around Tiken area of the district on Wednesday morning and launched a search operation, a police spokesperson said. The militants hiding in a residential house, he said, turned down surrender offer and opened fire upon the joint team.

“In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. As per police records, the killed militants were part of groups involved in many cases including planning & executing several major attacks on security forces,” the police spokesperson said.

He identified the trio as Mehraj-ud-Din Lone of Arigam Pulwama, Umar Farooq of Sugan Shopian and Umer Ali of Dadsara Tral, all affiliated with militant outfit Al-Badr.

According to the reports, Ali’s brother Shahnawaz was also a militant, who was killed by state forces in a gunfight in July 2013 in Mandoora village of Tral.

The police spokesperson further said that Zamir Sadiq Lone, in whose house the militants were hiding, also received gunshot injuries.

“He was evacuated to hospital for the treatment of his injuries where his condition is stated to be stable,” he said.

“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes,” he added.

The police spokesperson said that in view of the pandemic, the bodies of militants shall be sent to Baramulla for their burial and last rites after completion of medico-legal formalities.

“The nearest family members of the killed militants shall be allowed to participate in the last rites at Baramulla. In this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated,” he said.

He also urged people to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any

4 Civilians Injured In Pattan Grenade Blast

Meanwhile four civilians were injured in a grenade blast in Singhpora area of Baramulla district on Wednesday.

Around 9:55 am Wednesday, unknown militants hurled a grenade towards the vehicle of paramilitary Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel in Singhpora area of Pattan along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway, a police spokesperson said. However, the grenade, he said, missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside.

“In this incident, four civilians received splinter injuries and were evacuated to nearby hospital for treatment,” the police spokesperson said.

However, a local news agency KDC reported injuries to six people in the grenade blast. The injured civilians have been identified as Ghulam Mohammad Parray , Gulzar Ahmad Khan, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Zubair Ahmad Dar—all residents of Singhpora, Tabasum of Doodipora Handwara and Farman Ali, a resident of Uttar Pradesh..

According to the reports, soon after the grenade attack, government forces cordoned off to area to nab the attackers

“Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law. Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this crime,” the police spokesperson said.

Car Used In HMT Attack Found: Police

Police meanwhile said it has recovered the car used by militants in last month’s attack in the HMT area of the city outskirts that left two soldiers dead.

Army’s 2 RR and police recovered the Maruti 800 car ( JK04A-6535) during a cordon and search operation in Mustafa-Abad area of HMT on the outskirts of this capital city, news agency KDC reported Wednesday.

However, no reports of any arrests were received during the search operation.

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