Top Hizbul militant among four killed in Kashmir
11 April 2000
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police have gunned down a self-styled Divisional commander of banned Hizbul Mujahideen and arrested another top militant of the outfit in two separate operations here, reports PTI. Elsewhere in the valley, three people, including a Special Police officer (SPO) have been killed in separate incidents, while security forces smashed a militant hideout and recovered some arms and ammunition, an official spokesman said here today. In a major breakthrough, a self-styled divisional commander of pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen Nasserullah Malik was killed in an encounter with police at Babademb area in interior Srinagar late last night, the spokesman said. A group policemen and Special operations group personnel led by SHO Mir Hussain confronted the ultras, but they turned around, lobbing a grenade and opening indiscriminate fire in which Hussain was injured. The police party retaliated, killing the top Hizbul commander on the spot while his associates managed to escape under the cover of darkness. A pistol, a grenade and a wireless set were recovered from the deceased militant who was involved in a large number of militancy-relates incidents, the spokesman said, adding he was appointed as the divisional commander of the outfit after the killing of Showkat alias Shaheen in an encounter at Baghat-e-Kanipora two years back. However, local residents alleged Malik had been picked up earlier and killed in a ''fake encounter'' yesterday.