Another encounter in Shopian: two local militants killed

Another encounter in Shopian: two local militants killed

SHOPIAN: In the third encounter since May 3 and the second in the month of Ramadan in Shopian district, two local militants were killed in a pre-dawn gunfight at Hindsitapora village on Sunday.
A cordon and search operation (CASO), according to locals, was launched in the village during midnight. Police sources said that the operation was launched following “specific inputs about the presence of militants” in the village. They said the CASO was conducted by a joint team of 34 Rashtriya Rifles of army, Jammu and Kashmir Police, and central reserve police force (CRPF).
Contact was established at about 3:30am, police sources said, when hiding militants fired upon the team of government forces. In a brief exchange of gunfire near the local Eid-Gah, two militants were killed.
The slain militants were identified as Adil Bashir Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani, resident of Waripora DH Pora Kulgam, and Javaid Ahmad Bhat, resident of Redwani village of Kulgam.
Adil, according to locals, was just a week-old militant, while Javid was active since 2017. The bodies of both the militants were handed over to their families by police.
The anti-militancy operation by government forces was the third since May 3 when top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Lateef Tiger was killed along with two associates at Malibug village of Shopian. This Friday, an Islamic State Jammu Kashmir (ISJK) militant was killed at Jamnagri village of Shopian.
About 20 militants have been killed this year in district Shopian.
Soon after news of the gunfight broke, score of youths hit the streets and pelted stones on government forces, who hit back with tear smoke shells, stun grenades and pellets. Doctors at Shopian district hospital said that seven injured persons were brought to the hospital, among whom three with pellet injuries were referred to Srinagar. Doctors at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar said that all the three pellet injured were being treated at the hospital and were stable.
A complete shutdown was observed in Shopian district against the killing of the militants. Internet services were again snapped in the district a day after they were restored during Friday’s encounter.
Thousands of mourners bid adieu to the slain militants at their native villages, where emotional scenes were witnessed during the funeral prayers.
Today’s encounter was the second in the holy month of Ramadan which began on May 7.