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Five HM militants killed in encounter with police, security forces at Kelam-Devsar
Grenade attack in Lal Chowk Srinagar leads to injuries to 11 persons
2/10/2019 10:49:33 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Feb 10: Five local militants owing allegiance to militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were killed in an encounter with police and security forces at Kelam in South Kashmir's Kulgam district.
In the meantime, four civilians, four police personnel and three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured in a grenade near erstwhile Palladium Cinema here in the evening. The area was cordoned off following the grenade attack however no arrests were made.
Reports said that a joint team of army's 9 RR, CRPF and SOG launched a cordon and search operation in the Kelam-Devsar area in the Kulgam district after receiving inputs that some militants are hiding in the area. As the forces intensified searches towards the house where the militants were hiding the militants fired upon them triggering a gunfight.
The gunfight culminated with the death of five local militants owing allegiance to Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). Some of the arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. One house was completely gutted in the incident while as some other houses suffered minor damages due to the gunfight.
A police spokesman said that based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Kelam area of Devsar in District Kulgam, a cordon and search operation was launched today in the wee hours jointly by police and security forces in the area. As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.
"In the ensuing encounter five militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter," said the spokesman.
The militants killed in the operation have been identified as Waseem Ahmad Rather son of Bashir Ahmad Rather resident of Ashmuji-Kulgam, Aqib Nazir Mir son of Nazir Ahmad resident of Zangulpora-Devsar, Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Mukdam Mohalla Qaimoh, Idrees Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Ramzan Bhat resident of Arwani and Zahid Ahmad Parray son of Abdul Hamid resident of Gopalpora-Damhal Hanjipora.
The spokesman said that as per police records, it was a combined group of proscribed militant outfits HM and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and their exact affiliations are being ascertained. They were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities.
The spokesman said that Waseem, Aqib and Parvaiz were involved in the killings of a civilian Mohammad Iqbal Kawa resident of Kelam and local army personnel Mukhtar Ahmad son of Ghulam Hassan Malik resident of Shurat, for which cases stand registered in concerned police stations.
"This group of militants was also involved in various grenade attack incidents across Anantnag and Kulgam districts for which cases stand registered in concerned police stations. Pertinently no collateral damage took place during the encounter. Bodies of the killed militants were handed over to their families after completion of medico-legal formalities," said the spokesman.
Meanwhile, in the evening at about 7 PM suspected militants lobbed a grenade towards police and CRPF near the erstwhile Palladium Cinema in the Lal Chowk of Srinagar city. Four civilians, four policemen and three CRPF personnel were injured in the grenade attack. Although, the area was cordoned off but the grenade throwers managed to escape.
The injured civilians have been identified as Humaira of Harwan, Abdul Qayoom of Mandibal Nowshehra, Taliba Gulshan of Dalgate and Shadab Shah resident of Nishat. They have been shifted to the hospital for treatment where their condition is said to be stable.
The cops injured in the attack are Ashiq Ahmad (Constable), Abid Ahmad (Constable), Naseer Ahmad (Constable) and Mohammad Shafi (Constable). The CRPF personnel injured in the attack have been identified as R. Muniswami (Sub Inspector), Vishal (Constable) and Davinder (Constable). All of them belong to 132 BN of CRPF.
A police spokesman said that at about 1845 hrs police rushed to the spot near Palladium Cinema area of Lal Chowk Srinagar following reports of a grenade attack by terrorists. The officers attended the militant crime spot and found that four cops, three CRPF personnel and four civilians were injured in the terror attack.
The injured have been shifted to the hospitals for the treatment of their injuries. They are stated to be stable. Police has registered a case in this regard and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
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