Showkat Had Joined Militant Ranks Three Months Ago

3 October 2014
Kashmir Life
Sheikh Hilal

Srinagar: A militant identified as Showket Ahmad Qasba s-o Ab.Aziz Qasba was killed during a 20 hour long gun battle in Awantipora area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Friday. According to reports, Showket who had joined militant ranks three months back is survived by daughter and wife. The body of the deceased militant was handed over to relatives. People in large number chanting pro freedom and anti India slogans took the body for funeral to Markazi Eidgah Ahli-Hadees. Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani while giving telephonic speech to the gathering said that' blood of martyrs is precious and we should be loyal to these sacrifices.' DIG south Kashmir Vijay Kumar said,'we had input about the presence of two militants and so for we have got the body of one HM militant who was involved in the rifle snatching incident of police personnel who were guarding the Ziyarat in Awantipora','An insas rifle , a magazine and a pouch was recovered from the incident sight 'DIG added. Pertinent to mention that a fierce gun battle which was raged between militants and the joint team of army and police thursday 1 pm at Charsoo in south Kashmir's Pulwama district ended Friday . Official sources told Kashmir Life that acting on a specific information about the presence of some militants at Charsoo village in Batpora area of Awantipora, army's 42 RR, 55 RR and SOG cordoned off the whole area. 'As such the joint team of forces intensified the searches and fired few warning shots near the suspected spot, the militants hiding in the area tried to break the cordoned.