2 militants killed, 2 jawans injured; employee shot dead27 June 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Two hardcore militants, including a self-styled divisional commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, were killed in a 12-hour long gun-battle in Pulwama district in which two Army personnel including an officer were also injured while as a Government employee was shot dead by the ultras in a forest area of Ganderbal district. Giving details of the encounter, Superintendent of Police Awantipora, Mohammad Irshad said that Police Station Tral recovered inputs last evening that a group of militants has entered the village Koil-Shikargah. A police party rushed to the spot and laid a cordon of three suspected houses. As the police party was laying a siege of the three suspected houses, it came under fire from one house belonging to Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, the SP said. Subsequently, the house of Muhammad Yousuf was cordoned and militants were told to surrender, but they paid no heed to this and instead, opened indiscriminate firing on the police personnel. In the meantime, 42 RR and CRPF 280 Battalion joined the operation. The operation was, however, suspended during night on account of darkness. The security forces maintained a tight vigil on the house and foiled repeated attempts by the militants to flee the besieged area under the cover of darkness. The security forces re-launched an assault on the militants shortly after dawn and the 12 hour long gun-battle concluded with the killing of both the hiding militants at around 8.30 am. In the encounter, two Army personnel including an officer were also injured and they were rushed to hospital for treatment. Their condition was stated to be out of danger when reports last came in. From the encounter site, security forces recovered two AK assault rifles, four magazines, 14 rounds, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher with a grenade and two Chinese hand grenades. The slain militants have been identified as Muzaffar Ahmad Malla, resident of Tral and Suhail Ahmad Khan, resident of Dadsara-Tral. Muzaffar, who had received arms training in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, was one of the most wanted militants in South Kashmir, was the divisional commander of HM for South Kashmir. He was nominated as divisional commander after the killing of Sajjad Ahmad alias Balle on April 5 this year. Suhail had joined militancy one year ago and was involved in the killing of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din resident of Pinglish-Tral. Mohi-ud-din, who was a block president of National Conference, was killed on March 30 this year. Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen shot dead an employee of Irrigation and Flood Control Department in the Kangan area of Ganderbal district early this morning. 'Un-known gunmen shot dead a 50 year old Mohammad Yaqoob Kasana, son of Haji Habibullah Kasana resident of Gujjar Patti-Prang, Kangan this morning near Najwan-Kangan,' said a police spokesman, adding many rounds were fired upon the deceased as a result of which he died on the spot. The assailants fled away from the spot after committing the crime. Police has registered a case and further investigations are on. No militant outfit claimed the responsibility for the incident till late this evening.