Three Hizbul Militants, Three VDC Members Among Seven Killed
22 July 2005
Srinagar: Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants and three village defence committee members were among seven persons killed and 13 kg of RDX recovered in militancy-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesman said today. The RDX along with two detonators and four gelatine sticks, packed in a polythene bag, was recovered by a police party during search operations at Dera top in Chenani area of Udhampur today, foiling militants' plan to set off an explosion apparently on vital Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the spokesman said. He said two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, Nissar Ahmad and Ghulam Jeelani, were killed in an encounter with security forces at Kharpora village in Anantnag district last night. Two AK rifles, four magazines, 80 rounds and a damaged wireless set were recovered from the slain ultras. In another encounter, security forces shot dead third Hizbul militant during search operations at Kainar Khor in Udhampur district last night, the spokesman said, adding one AK rifle and four magazines were recovered from him. The spokesman said bodies of two brothers working as village defence committee (VDC) members, Mohammad Shafi and Abdul Gani, were recovered from Narla village of Gool in Udhampur district this morning. The duo had been abducted by militants from their houses at Ind village last night and later killed, he said, adding another VDC member Munshi Ram was shot dead by militants at Gunda forest in Budhal area of Rajouri district last night. The spokesman said one person was killed in a firing incident at Kangan village of Pulwama district. However, the village witnessed a massive demonstration today as locals accused army of killing a 17-year-old boy, without any provocation when he was watering his fields. Official sources said the troops who had moved to the village in search of militants mistook the boy as a militant and allegedly shot him dead. In another operation, an AK rifle, a revolver, a sealed box containing 750 rounds of AK ammunition, three AK magazines, 40 pistol rounds and 15 pika rounds were recovered from Mujidajan in Trehgam area of Kupwara district yesterday, the spokesman added.