Militant holed up in mosque killed
20 April 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: A militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, who sought refugee inside a mosque after attack on security personal at Babagund Akoora village of Mattan in South Kashmir, was killed in a fierce encounter with the troops on Thursday afternoon. According to sources, troopers of 33 RR, acting on specific tip off, cordoned off the village Babagund Akoora on Thursday morning and launched search operations. Sources said that the troopers zeroed on at a residential house where militants were suspected to be hiding. However, the militants on seeing being surrounded opened fire on the search party of the troops and attempted to sneak through the cordon, sources said, adding the fire was returned ensuing into a fierce encounter. During the exchange of fire, sources said, one of the militants took refuge inside a local Masjid and engaged the troops in a gunfight. Sources said that during the exchange of fire, which lasted for more than four hours, one local militant was killed. The slain militant was identified as Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, son of Ghulam Mohammed alias Fareed Khan of Akura. Sources said that the killed militant belonged to the militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. The mosque did not suffer any damage. Meanwhile, a civilian, identified as Inayatullah of Kokergund Yaripora was injured in a shootout. Defense spokesman said that troopers of 62 RR, during last night asked a youth to halt, however he refused and even tried to snatch a rifle of soldier, during which the gun was triggered injuring Inayatullah. He was later taken to hospital by the troopers, where his condition was stated to be critical. Sources said that SOG tried to arrest a suspected Hizb militant, Gulzar Ahmed Tantray of Bijbehara, undergoing treatment at SKIMS last night. However, sources said that doctors refused to hand over Gulzar saying that he was a mere patient for them. Police later allowed Gulzar to undergo treatment in the hospital but under security, to be arrested after recovering from stomach ailment. Sources said that Gulzar is a battalion commander of HM. Sources, in the meanwhile, said that suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade towards the house of one Abdul Ahad Rather working allegedly as a potter with Army at Arin Bandipora in north Kashmir, preceding night. Sources said that grenade exploded in the premises of the house, without causing any damage. Meanwhile, a Border Security Force (BSF) Officer committed suicide in a camp in the central Kashmir district of Badgam today, official sources said. The Inspector Chander Paul, a resident of Bulandshehar, Uttar Pradesh, hanged himself to dead at Sub-Training Centre at Humhama. Police have registered a case, sources said adding it was not immediately known why the officer took this extreme step.