Police foil attempt by people to march towards gunfight site; Army claims ‘intruder’ shot dead in Jammu
Ganderbal: Two militants were killed in a gunfight at Ganderbal’s Hadoora village on Tuesday, police said on Tuesday.
A police officer said that police, soldiers from 5 Rashtriya Rifles battalion and CRPF troopers surrounded the village last night after receiving information about the presence of “some militants in the area”, about 15km from Srinagar.
“The militants opened fire on noticing the movement of security forces, triggering an encounter which left both the militants dead,” he said.
The deceased militants have been identified by the police as Qari Hanzullah and Anas Bilal, both Pakistani nationals, of Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit.
“Both the bodies and two AK-47 rifles, one grenade, six magazines with 180 rounds were recovered from the encounter site,” police said.
The militants, according to police, were involved in a Fidayeen attack on August 15, 2016 at Nowhatta and in the attack on an SSB convoy at Zakoora in Srinagar on last year in October.
According to a security official, the duo mostly operated from Dachigam area in Srinagar and was active since year 2013.
During the gunfight, several local youth attempted to march towards the encounter site and raised pro-freedom slogans in the locality, eye-witnesses told Reader.
After the encounter ended, protests erupted in the area outside Nagbal police post while locals demanded the bodies of the slain militants. The protests were foiled after protesters were baton charged by police and paramilitary troops.
Meanwhile, several pictures depicting the militants made rounds on social networking sites alleging that the bodies of the slain militants being dragged from near the encounter site.
The police, however, later issued a statement refuting the claims and said that the posts are ‘misleading’.
“Such posts are misleading and no such act has been committed with the bodies of the killed militants. The photograph being circulated is not at all from any part of the Kashmir,” the police claimed.
The police added that a case has been registered against the people spreading such information on social networking sites particularly on Facebook.
Meanwhile, army claimed that it killed a militant who was trying to enter J&K in Sunderbani area of Jammu on Tuesday morning.
“The body of the slain has been recovered with a weapon and ammunition,” a defence spokesman said.
Also, BSF claimed that it apprehended a man who was entering J&K along the International Border in Jammu. The BSF said the captured man is a resident of Sialkote area of Pakistani Punjab.