Militant Killed, Jawan Commits Suicide
28 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: While Army has killed a militant near LoC in Kupwara district, one soldier has committed suicide with his service rifle at Kralgund in the same district. Informed sources said that troops of RR 56 Bn and 13-Assam had laid an ambush in Kanthawali ridge, close to LoC, in Kupwara district late last night. One militant got killed when he got trapped and tried to escape while opening fire on troops. A defence spokesman said that the unidentified militant got killed in the encounter with RR 56 Bn at Katwari Galli. He said that one AK-56 rifle, one Geographical Positioning System, four electronic detonators and some other articles were recovered from the body of the killed militant. Sources said that personnel of 428 Field Regiment, S Sandip, committed suicide with his service rifle at Kralgund camp in Kupwara district. Dead body of a driver, namely Surash Kumar S-o Beroo Ram R-o Nowshera, Rajouri, was recovered from his truck, bearing number JK02D-17457 parked at Batapora, Sopore. Police has registered a case of death in mysterious circumstances and started investigation. Troops of 2 RR Camp Dhaharmuna Budgam claimed to have recovered one pistol with a magazine, in the open fields of village Wahabpora jurisdiction of Police Station Beerwah. Official sources said that militants targeted a vehicle of CRPF 24 Bn at Devbagh, Chadoura, in Budgam district early this morning, with an IED blast. Even as officials maintained that there was no damage, unconfirmed reports insisted that three of the CRPF men sustained injuries. Lashkar-e-Toiba spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi insisted that seven soldiers got killed and few more injured. He said that two militants of his group carried out the attack and withdrew safely after causing considerable damage to the target. Traders and shopkeepers in Srinagar took out a protest demonstration in Civil Lines areas while lamenting that Police had failed to identify and arrest the killers of their fellow trader, namely Nazir Ahmed Mahajan, in Barbarshah-Rajbagh belt earlier this week. They demanded identification and arrest of the culprits and threatened to launch an agitation if the authorities failed to restore sense of security among the common people in general and the traders community in particular, in Srinagar city. Reports from north Kashmir said that Handwara town observed complete shutdown in protest against the assault of men of RR 33 Bn on Police Post Magam on the second consecutive day today. Call for shutdown had been given by Handwara Bar Association and the local traders community. According to these reports, some people in the protest demonstration were heard yelling pro-Azadi and pro-Pakistan slogans. Police has already registered a murder case against Commanding Officer of RR 33 Bn, Col A K Sharma, Company Commander Maj Mahinder Paul alias Azad and Maj Verma by name in the matter of Army's raid on Police Post Magam following seizure of a quantity of kerosene oil by Police.