2 militants among 3 killed
13 May 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Two militants were among three persons, killed in separate violent incidents across the Valley during the past 24 hours. According to sources, troopers of 9 RR in a joint operation with SOG laid a cordon around the Arigam Kulgam after receiving a definite input about the presence of militants there. The hiding militants tried to sneak through the cordon as soon as troopers started to surround the village. Sources said that the militants opened fire on the troopers to in their attempt to slip through the cordon. A trooper, Devindra Singh, was reported injured in the militant fire, sources said. The militants later took refuge inside the house of one Abdur Rasheed Beigh and opened indiscriminate fire at the security forces. The fire was returned, ensuing into a gunbattle, sources said, adding that the exchange of fire continued for several hours. Two militants were killed in the operation, which was continuing till reports last came in. The identification of the slain militants has not been established though the official sources suspected that the killed militants were Shakir Ghaznavi of Landikote Pakistan and a local militant Adil. According to official records they duo, among other incidents, was responsible for killing a Territorial Army person in Kulgam area recently. Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen, suspected to be militants, shot dead a released militant in Chadoora. Sources said that militants fired upon one Mushtaq Ahmed Dhobi of Panzan in Chadoora on Saturday. Mushtaq, died on the spot. Meanwhile, people in Handwara today continued their protests against the alleged molestation bid by troopers on Friday, the claims which have already been denounced by the defence spokesman. The residents of Qaziabad, Handwara in north Kashmir continued their protests for the second day today to express their 'resentment' against the alleged bid by trooper to molest a 22-year-old woman. They pelted stones over the vehicles and the shops forcing complete shutdown in the area. The protestors were demanding that the Army camp in Langate, where the incident allegedly occurred on Friday, should be vacated from the area.