Two top Harkat militants among four killed in J-K
13 April 2000
Srinagar: Two hardcore militants of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and a ruling National Conference activist were among four people killed while forces captured a militant in the Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours. A Defence Ministry spokesman said that troops, on a specific information, cordoned off a portion of forest in Lolab valley of north Kashmir late last night to nab militants hiding there. When troops were sealing the area, militants fired upon them with automatic weapons and hurled grenades. Troops retaliated and killed two hardcore militants of Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. One of the slain militants was operation and financial incharge of north Kashmir. Two AK rifles and some incriminating documents were recovered near the site of encounter. At Wawoora in north Kashmir, people took to streets in protest against the ddeath of National Conference activist S.Baig allegedly due to torture by security force. The demonstrators alleged that Baig was arrested by security forces, later released after three days of torture and was admitted to hospital here in a critical condition where he died last evening. A spokesman of the separatist All Parties Hurriet Conference alleged that Jammu and Kashmir police special operation group killed Nassar ullah Malik of banned Hizbul Mujahideen and Niyaz Ahmad Sofi, Vice Chair-man, Mass Movement Organi-sation, after their arrest.