Five Ultras Among Nine Killed In Jammu And Kashmir
6 August 2005
Srinagar: Nine persons, including five ultras and a woman, were killed and five others injured in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, where militants made an abortive bid to set off an explosion in Anantnag and set ablaze 13,000 wooden scants in Doda since last night. In first such incident in Udhampur district, residents of Thatharaka hamlet overpowered a militant and beat him to death after a group of ultras decended on the village and opened fire killing a villager and injured another, a police spokesman said today. He said the militants forcibly intruded into the house of Abdul Qayoom in the village last night and shot him dead while another villager Abdul Latief was injured in the shooting. However, the people gathered there and overpowered one of the militants while they were fleeing after committing the murder. The villagers beat him up severely causing his death, he said. He said security forces shot dead an unidentified militant at Hokarsar in the jursidiction of police station Parimpora on the outskirts of Srinagar city this morning. An AK rifle with some ammunition was seized from him. A Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Abdul Rehman Khan was killed in an encounter at village Kudara in Baramulla district last night, the spokesman said adding Akhtar Hussain, a civilian, was also killed when he was caught in the exchange of fire. He said security forces killed two unidentified militants at Vilgam in Kupwara district yesterday. Two AK rifles and some ammunition were recovered from the killed ultras. The spokesman said a woman Saira Begum, working as a cook, was killed and three persons, including her four-year old son were injured in a grenade explosion at girls Gujjar hostel in Doda district last evening. The cause of the blast is being ascertained. Body of an unidentified person was recovered by police from Khurnar in Poonch district this afternoon, the spokesman said. He said militants shot at and injured a student Sheikh Nazir of largam when a group of students and their teachers, returning from excursion, resisted militants near Arwani in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district last evening. The militants had stopped and forcibly intruded into the excursion bus returning from Kokernag to Shopian. The teachers and the students resisted, upon which they opened fire causing bullet injuries to Nazir who was later hospitalized, he said. He said militants forced their entry into forest depot at Bamani Kanthroo in Atholi area of Doda district last night, harassed the labourers and forced them to leave the depot. Before fleeing, the ultras set ablaze the depot causing damage to about 13,000 wooden scants, the spokesman said. He said police recovered a live hand grenade from Anantnag district town, 55 kms from here, this afternoon which was later defused foiling ultras plan to set off an explosion. Militants also fired upon a search party at Dogripora in Pulwama district today, but there was no immediate report of any casualty, the spokesman said adding the village was under tight security cordon and further details are awaited. Security forces apprehended four suspected militants from sopore town of Baramulla district and seized four hand grenades from them, the spokesman said.