A militant affiliated with Ansar-Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) was killed in a gunfight with the security forces at Tral in Pulwama district, while another ISJK militant was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Anantnag district, police and reports said on Wednesday.
While giving the details of the gun battle, a police
official said that "a predawn cordon and search operationwas launched jointly by Jammu and Kashmir policemen and soldiers of Army's 42Rashtriya Rifles at Branpathri, forest area of Tral. During the searchoperation the hiding militants fired upon the search party. The fire wasretaliated leading to an encounter in which one militant was killed."
He identified slain militant as Shabir Ahmad Malik son ofAbdul Ahad Malik of Nagbal Tral.
Locals from different villages close to the gunfight spotsaid: "We heard indiscriminate firing on Wednesday morning which continued tillafternoon. Throughout the day drone cameras and choppers were pressed into the serviceto locate the hiding militants in the dense woods."
Meanwhile, Tral town observed a complete shutdown. All shopsand business establishments remained closed and transport was off the roads.Authorities snapped Internet service in police district Awantipora as a"precautionary measure."
"The Police handed over the body of the slain militant tohis family members in the evening. After three back to back funeral prayers hismortal remains were laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard," said another witness.
In the evening a police spokesman issued a statementstating: "The slain militant ShabirAhmad Malik was initially affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and later on hejoined Zakir Musa led group. He was wanted by law for his complicity in severalmilitancy related acts, including attacks on security establishments andcivilian atrocities. He was part of groups responsible for planning andexecuting attacks in the area. Several cases were registered against him,including case FIR No. 43/15 of Police Station Trikuta Nagar, pertaining to theplanning and making preparations for carrying out militant attacks in Jammu."
"With the efforts of Police and security forces, it was aclean operation. No collateral damage happened during the encounter.Incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition was recovered from thesite of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records forfurther investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases. People arerequested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized andcleared of all the explosives materials if any," the statement added.
ISJK militant found dead in mysterious circumstances
A militant associated with ISJK was found dead in mysteriouscircumstances in Sirhama village of Bijbehara in south Kashmir's Anantnagdistrict on Wednesday night.
A source said the body of Aadil Rehman Das of Waghamavillage of Bijbehara was found on a hilltop in Boomteng near Sirhama. Therewere conflicting versions about his death.
Some reports suggested that he was killed in a group clashwith LeT militants while others said he was killed during an ambush laid bysecurity forces. Aadil had joined LeT last year in July, however, he laterswitched sides to ISJK.
The outfit was founded by Mugais Mir and Dawood Salfi ofSrinagar after parting ways with Tehreek- ul- Mujahideen militant outfit. BothMir and Salafi were killed in different encounters.
Aadil and his associate Khateeb Das's pictures, wearingblack fatigues had gone viral a few months back.
"There was some dispute between LeT and ISJK as the formerwanted him to return the weapon which belonged to his parent outfit (LeT)," apolice official said.
He said, Aadil did not concede to the demand and was killed.
Late in the night the security forces retrieved the body."We only heard three gunshots and then there was a lull," a local told GreaterKashmir.