Srinagar Encounter Ends, Militant Manages To Flee

Srinagar Encounter Ends, Militant Manages To Flee

3 October 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, Abu Huraira, escaped after an overnight encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar in which five policemen, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), were injured. Police sources said the LeT militant, a Pakistani national, had recently moved to Srinagar and was a top leader of the outfit. The gun battle had erupted late Wednesday after the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the J&K Police cordoned off a residential colony in Ahmad Nagar, some 10 km from the city centre, after an input about the presence of a Pakistani militant in a two- storeyed house. As the police and the CRPF started a house-to-house search, the holed-up militant lobbed grenades and opened fire in which five policemen were injured. The fire was retaliated, triggering a gunfight, the police said. The militant was hiding in a building which housed a shawl-weaving centre. Sources said the gun battle between the two sides continued till 3 am. When there was no firing from the militant for almost two hours this morning, an assault team of the SOG entered the house and found that the militant had managed to give the police the slip. The police later called off the operation. The house in which the militant was hiding also suffered damages during the encounter. The police conducted searches around the Ahmed Nagar locality, but they could not trace the militant. An alert was sounded in the city after the escape of the LeT militant.