Militant killed, 2 contractors injured
27 August 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Security forces killed a Hizbul Mujahideen militant while ultras shot at and wounded two contractors in Kashmir valley since last evening, an official spokesman said today. A Hizb militant was killed by the security forces during an encounter at Astan Nar, Warpash in Ganderbal area of Srinagar outskirts last night. An AK Rifle, four magazines, 185 rounds and a grenade were seized from the possession of the slain ultra. Militants fired upon two contractors - Mohammad Shafi Malik and Abdul Qayoom - at Arwani in South Kashmir district of Anantnag, causing injuries to them. They were immediately shifted to a hospital, the spokesman said. Militants sprayed bullets from close range on Mohammad Shafi Malik and Abdul Qayoom Pandit at Arwani-Bijbehara, 45 kms from here in Anantnag district last evening, injuring them critically, a police spokesman said. The injured were shifted to the Bones and Joint Hospital in Srinagar. Both the victims, working as contractors, had reportedly been asked by militants to pay donations to them, the spokesman said adding, police are investigating the matter. Meanwhile, a militant escaped from the Kunzer Police Station in Tangmarg area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district last night, official sources said. They said Reyaz Ahmed Khan of Kunzer was arrested by troops of 193 field regiment on May 17 this year. One pistol, one magazine and 21 rounds were also seized from his possession that time. The sources said Khan gave a slip to the policemen and escaped in the nearby forest area. A massive manhunt has been launched to arrest him, they added. The sources said action was being contemplated against the errant policemen for negligence and dereliction of duty. The locals later claimed that Khan was innocent and had been falsely implicated in the case.