Forces storm Kashmir mosque to flush out militant
28 October 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Security forces on Sunday stormed a mosque in Badgam district of central Kashmir to flush out a militant holed up in the shrine, official sources said. Intense gunfire broke out as personnel of the Special Operations Group (SOG), Jammu and Kashmir police entered the mosque at Panzan village near Chadoora, some 18 km from Srinagar, they said. The Militant entered the mosque on Saturday after security forces laid siege to the village on getting information that some militants were hiding there. SOG personnel had taken control of the ground and first floors of the mosque, the sources said, adding the lone militant was holed up in the minar of the shrine. A special police officer was wounded in the exchange of fire, the sources said. The sources added that security forces took the action after their repeated appeals to the barricaded militant to surrender did not yield any result. Earlier, security forces ringed the mosque in a bid to flush out the militant. Amid conflicting reports about the number of militants holed up in the shrine, a senior BSF officer said the imam of the mosque and some village elders, who went inside the shrine to persuade ultras to surrender, informed them that only one militant was inside the mosque.