Army, police issue contradictory statements
Srinagar, Aug 24: Army and police on Wednesday issued contradictory statements over a joint operation in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district during which two Hizbul-Mujahideen commanders were held along with arms and ammunitions.
Quoting SP Pulwama, a police spokesman said that Army’s 53 RR, CPRPF and Police launched a joint operation in Wala Sangerwani. “During the searches two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including divisional commander were arrested by the search team from a hut belonging to Muhammad Shafi Bokada alias Pital,” he added.
The spokesman identified the Hizb commander as Shabir Ahmad Kalas alias Waseem, son of Nazir Ahmad of Aditrag and his associate Liyaqat Ahmad Gorsi alias Umar, son of Soba Gorsi of Zampathri Keller.
SP Pulwama, according to the spokesman said, the Hizb commander was active in Sangerwani and Kellar area and was involved in a number of extortion and timber smuggling cases.
“Besides very recently he was involved in kidnapping of Panches in Sangerwani area. A case FIR No.’s 107/2010 under section 451, 392 RPC and 73/2011 under section 364, 387 RPC, 7/25 A. Act stands already registered in police station Rajpora against him,” he added.
Later Army’s Srinagar based spokesman issued a statement saying, “ On August 23 at 1900 hours, based on specific information related to presence of militants a joint team of SOG and Army surrounded a house in village Sangawani of Pulwama district in which two militants had entered. On being challenged they immediately offered to surrender.
The spokesman said that Army quickly ascertained that the two were local militants.
“In spite of the risk, considering the fact that they were local militants and could have opened fired and inflicted casualties, the forces affected the surrender in presence of local Sarpanch and Panchs,” he added.
He said that the militants were handed over by the Army to SOG Pulwama for further interrogation.
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