Militant killed in late-night ambush in Pulwama

Militant killed in late-night ambush in Pulwama
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Forces allegedly vandalise property, beat up people in Newa

Anantnag: A militant of the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM), recruited earlier this month, was killed in an ambush laid by government forces late Wednesday night here in Kakpora area of Pulwama district.
The slain has been identified as Showkat Bin Yousuf, alias Khalid Dawood Salafi, son of Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district.
A B.Pharma graduate from Kashmir University in 2017, Showkat had joined TuM on October 3 this year, days after collecting his certificates from the university.
“His family had visited the university recently. They were worried after he did not return home after collecting the certificates. We thought he was picked up by the forces, like he had been many times before,” a university mate of Showkat told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the students assured Showkat’s family that they would look for him, but hours after that his picture, with a gun, went viral on social media.
“He was a humble soul, a brilliant cricketer, and came from a well-to-do family,” his friend from the university said. “He, for sure, is a victim of state aggression.”
Showkat was travelling with some fellow militants late Wednesday night when they were ambushed by government forces in Dougam village near Kakapora in Pulwama district.
“We had prior inputs regarding their movement. The militants opened fire soon after they sensed trouble. The fire was retaliated. While other militants managed to escape, he was killed,” a police official from Pulwama told Kashmir Reader.
He said that Showkat was coming back from Pattan area of Baramulla district in northern part of the valley after carrying out a grenade attack there on Wednesday afternoon.
A Deputy Superintendent of Police was injured in the grenade attack.
“Another one of his accomplices, Faizan Majeed, has been apprehended by Baramulla police,” the official said. Faizan is a 17-year-old Class 11 student from Tral area of Pulwama district who joined the TuM on the same day that Showkat did.
Early Thursday morning, Showkat’s body was handed over to his family. As the news spread, despite an internet shutdown enforced in the area, thousands of people reached Awantipora to participate in the funeral prayers.
Multiple rounds of funeral prayers were held for Showkat, as per local sources. Also, two to three militants appeared at the funeral and offered multiple rounds of gun salute to him.
Meanwhile, government forces allegedly assaulted people in Newa village of Pulwama district late Wednesday evening, following a grenade attack on the local CRPF camp of the 183 Bn.
The attack was the second on the camp in three days. On Tuesday evening, two CRPF personnel were injured in a militant attack on the same camp.
While there were no injuries in Wednesday’s attack, the government forces, villagers alleged, entered some homes in the area.
“The inmates were beaten up and property was vandalised by the forces,” locals alleged.
The locals observed a complete shutdown in protest today and laid road blocks in the area. They demanded removal of the CRPF camp, immediately.
SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli was not available to talk on the issue. Repeated calls to his number went unanswered.