Militant and ‘unidentified’ civilian killed in Bijbehara encounter: Police

A militant and a civilian were killed during a gunfight in Kanelwan village of Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district late last night, police said.

An official said that army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF 40/90 BN and special operations group (SOG) of J&K police launched a search operation in Kanelwan after “specific input” about presence of three militants in Herpora Kanelwan.

He said that soon after the area was cordoned, militants opened fire,  triggering an encounter.

However, taking advantage of darkness two militants managed to give a slip to forces and opening fire around midnight, he said.

“Cut-off party of Army retaliated [to the] fire. Later on, it was learnt one individual riding a motorcycle Yamaha Libero (JK13-527?) with erased last numeral got killed in cross firing,” said the official.

“No material leading to identity or I-card could be retrieved. Two mobile phones (Nokia 1209) and Jivi-N300 were seized from the said individual.”

A militant of Hizbul Mujahideeen outfit, identified as Yawar Nissar Shergujri @ Algazi was killed in the gunfight, said the official.

He had joined militant ranks only ten days ago.

“One SLR, 2 magazines, 40 rounds, one Chinese hand grenade and a pouch was recovered from his possession. One solider of 3 RR namely Rifleman Rohit Kumar No. 13771129K also sustained injuries.”

His body was handed over to his family at 3am for burial and restrictions were imposed in the town as a preventive measure, officials added.


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