RR Major and three HM militants among eight killed in Kashmir
26 June 2001
The Asian Age
Srinagar: A major of the Rashitrya Rifles (RR) and three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed and a civilian injured in a fierce clash at Poshkiri in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, while elsewhere in the valley a special police officer was among four people killed since last evening. An official spokesman said, on a specific information, troops of the RR and the special operation group of Jammu and Kashmir police cordoned off village Poshkiri in Anantnag district last evening to nab militants and their sympatheirs hiding in a house. He said when the area was being sealed, militants opened fire which was effectively returned by the security forces. In the four-hour-long gun battle, three Hizbul militants, Bashir Ahmad Wagay, Abdullah Khatana and Farooq Ahmad Bhat Alias Shiraz were killed. Major Deepak laid down his life, while one civilian was injured. A house was also damaged in the clash, he added. Meanwhile, militants attacked a Special Operation Group (SOG) at village Khundra in the Central Kashmir district of Badgam last evening. SOG men from Khansaheb returned fire and in the ensuing clash, special police officer Ghulam Nabi and a civilian Abdul Rashid were killed. Militants, however, managed to escape, he added. He said body of one Mehraj-ud-Din, who was abducted by militants from his Pattan house last evening, was found at Kreri this morning while another person Aijaz Ahmad Kitaba was stabbbed and injured at Rajbagh last night. Militants also shot dead one person at Kunzer in Baramulla district late last night. Army recovered one Kg RDX, five grenades and some rounds from the houses of Lala Dar and Irshad Ahmad Khan at Handwara while two detonators, one pistol and five rounds were recovered by police from Dardpora.