23 militants killed in Valley
10 October 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: While as Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP trounced Dr Farooq Abdullah’s NC in a big way in Beerwah today, security forces eliminated as many as 10 militants in the same segment when they were holding a meeting to disrupt the counting of votes. In all 23 militants and a soldier have died in different operations of security forces in Kashmir valley since last evening. Informed sources told EXCELSIOR that a freshly infiltrated group of Pakistani militants was in a meeting at Mirpora village, near Beerwah, when troops of Rashtriya Rifles 34 Bn swooped on their hideout. As the troops laid a tight siege to the village, the holed up militants opened gunfire and made unsuccessful attempts to escape, early this morning. Troops retaliated and all the ten militants got killed in the 5-hour-long gunbattle. Though unidentified, eight of them were believed to be Pakistani nationals. One soldier got killed and another sustained injuries. Residents claimed that one of the killed, namely Javed Ahmed Dar S-o Fateh Mohammad Dar of the same village, was a civilian who died in the crossfire. However, officials described him as the guide and facilitator of the group. Nine AK-56 rifles, two pistols, four wireless sets, one UBGL and three grenades are claimed to have been recovered from the site of encounter. Reports said that a student, Abdur Rasheed Parray, sustained injuries in the encounter. Officials claimed that it was a freshly infiltrated group of militants which was holding a meeting with two Jehadi groups over disruption of counting at Beerwah. Troops launched the search operations immediately after receiving a tip off. In another armed clash between militants and security forces, four militants have got killed at Bandey Payeen in Kreeri belt of Baramulla district. Two Pakistani militants have been eliminated in another gunbattle by security forces at Larihama, in Dangiwacha area of Baramulla district. They have been identified as Abu Shamil Rasheed Jamaal of Sahiwal and Abu Ali Aatiq of Gujranwala. Officials described them as members of Lashkar-e-Toiba. In yet another gunbattle, troops have eliminated three more militants in Machhil area of Kupwara district. Four more Pakistani militants have died in another encounter between militants and security forces at Bandarhan forest in Kupwara. A civilian, namely Mohammad Akbar Najar died and three civilians sustained injuries when a mortar shell fell upon them at Chandigam, near Sogam, in Kupwara district. Officials claimed that it was a shell fired by militants but unofficial reports insisted that it was fired by security forces towards the forest area. Meanwhile, militants today hurled a hand grenade towards a security forces vehicle at Uranhal, Bijbehara, on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. It missed the intended target, causing injuries to two civilians.