Police said a militant of HizbulMujahideen was killed in an encounter in Pulwama district on Saturday. The militant had last year fled from police lines Pulwama only after two days of joining as SPO.
Police said forces cordoned Gundpora village in Pulwama following inputs of presence of militants in the area. "Militants present in the village lobbed a grenade at the forces followed by firing, which was retaliated," a police official said.
"During the exchange of fire one militant got killed. He was identified as Syed Mufeed Bashir son of Syed Bashir Ahmad of Zadoora village in Pulwama district," he said. Mufeed had fled from police lines Pulwama in November last year after only two days of joining as an SPO.
Massive protests were held in the native village of the slain militant after the news of his death spread in the area. Hundreds of people held protests that were on till late evening.
The body of the militant was kept in the central Eidgah of the area where men, women and children were protesting against the killing as this report was filed. Similar protests were held in some other adjoining villages.
Late night reports said the mother of the militant was not allowing the people to bury her son as she wants him to be laid to rest in the morning.