2 militants, student killed in Valley
5 September 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: While militants have killed a student and labeled him as an informant of security forces in Sopore, security forces have killed two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen in an encounter in Hapat Naar area of Anantnag district since last evening. Informed sources said that militants opened fire on student Ehsanul Haq Bhat S-o Ghulam Hassan Bhat at Chhankhan, Sopore, when he was returning to his home late last evening. He died on spot. Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility of the student's killing and claimed that he was an informant of security forces. Hizb has also claimed responsibility of the twin killings at Khoipora Payeen in Tangmarg area last evening. As already reported in this newspaper, 35-year-old Abdur Rasheed Bhat and his 22-year-old brother Mohammad Shafi Bhat, sons of Sonaullah Bhat, had been gunned down by militants at Khoipora last evening. While residents said that Abdul Rasheed Bhat was working in JAK LI but had never worked against militants in Kashmir, Hizb claimed that Rasheed as well as his younger brother Shafi had been working for Army. Residents registered their feeble protest when Police reached the spot very late. Sources said that troops of Rashtriya Rifles 03 Bn and SOG Anantnag launched a search operation at Halmulla in Hapat Naar area of Anantnag district today. During the search operation, an encounter took place between the holed up militants and security forces that lasted for several hours. Two top wanted militants of Hizbul Mujahideen got killed in the gunbattle. They were identified as Mohammad Ayub Khan alias Dawood S-o Yusuf Khan R-o Nagbal Hapat Naar and Mohammad Amin Najaar S-o Ghulam Mohammad Najaar R-o Brar Salia. DIG South Kashmir, Hemant Kumar Lohia, said that Ayub had been active for the last six years while Amin worked for Hizbul Mujahideen as a militant for over three years. He said that Ayub had been involved in a number of attacks on security forces and civilian killings who had been lately managing Hizbul Mujahideen's recruitment of cadres and coordination with other militant groups. He said that Hizbul Mujahideen suffered a major setback in the killing of the two important militants in Anantnag-Pahalgam belt. Meanwhile, charred dead bodies of two militants of Al-Mansoorian, identified as Abu Ubaida and Abu Suhaib of Pakistan, have been recovered from the debris at Ayatmulla in Bandipore today. Three security forces, including a Major, and two Pakistani militants had died in the fierce gunbattle at Ayatmulla on Bandipore-Ahamsharif Road on Sunday and Monday.