Srinagar militant, police officer killed in Zakura shootout

Srinagar militant, police officer killed in Zakura shootout
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Massive protests in Parimpora after body brought home

Srinagar: A local militant of Srinagar’s Parimpora, identified as Mugees Ahmad, and a sub-inspector in the JK Police’s Special Operations Group (SOG), Imran Ahmad Tak, were killed in a shootout in Srinagar’s Zakura area on Friday evening. A police official told Kashmir Reader that militants opened fire on a police party in Zakura during a search operation and the fire was retaliated.
“Two policemen were injured and one militant was hit a by bullet, but he managed to escaped from the spot,” the police official said. “Soon after the shootout, government forces launched an intense search operation in the area which extended to Gulbagh area near Zakura. A dead body was recovered from the area which was identified as that of Mugees,” he said.
The slain militant’s mother and brother were brought for identification of his body after they received a call from some unknown person.
Massive protests erupted in Parimpora as soon as the body of Mugees reached his home. “I won’t bury my son’s body till people from Shopian reach here, as they sheltered my son for so long,” his mother told the mourners.
Mugees, who is in his late 20s, was married and has a child as well. He had joined militant ranks almost two years ago and was associated with Hizbul Mujahideen.
In photographs posted on social media, however, Mugees had appeared among a group of militants affiliated with the Zakir Musa-founded Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind outfit.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan told reporters that another militant was arrested during the shootout. He was not sure about the militant’s identity, he said.
“He was identified as Tawseef Ahmad, a resident of Parimpora,” Khan said, but added, “We are questioning (the militant) and will share the details of his identity.”
Khan attended the wreath-laying ceremony for the slain cop at the Police Control Room here.
Khan told Kashmir Reader that Mugees was injured in the Zakura shootout and fled the spot along with his associate. “Mugees’s family received call (from unknown person) and recovered the body itself. We have arrested a militant and seized a Santro car. Ammunition, mobile phones and some documents were also recovered from the car,” he said.

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