ANANTNAG: A Pakistani militant was killed in a fierce encounter with a joint team of army and special operations group (SOG) at Tral in Pulwama district Saturday. The slain militant was later identified as Adil Pathan. He owed allegiance to JeM.
Reports and officials said that a joint team of army and special operations group (SOG) of police on an input about the presence of militants in Aripal village cordoned off the entire area at around 4 am. “As the forces launched searches the hiding militants came out of the house and opened fire on them triggering an encounter,” they said.
The killing triggered massive protests in the area. The angry protesters also torched two police vehicles while the forces resorted to intense teargas shelling and aerial firing to disperse them.
In order to pacify the protesters the police and army officials handed over the body of the slain militant to the people after postmortem and other legal formalities.
Eyewitnesses said that the burial of the slain led to dispute between three villages. “As soon as the body was handed over for burial, people of Dadsara, Handura and Pastun Syed Abad demanded his body for burial in their respective villages. It was only
after the intervention of elderly people that the dispute was solved. The slain militant was finally buried in Pastun village,” they said. They said that at least 18000 people participated in the funeral of the slain. According to locals, it was one of the biggest processions seen in the area for the past twenty-five years.
Meanwhile a complete shutdown was observed in Tral township and its peripheries over the killing of the militant. All the shops , business houses, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained shut. Both passenger and private traffic also remained off the roads.