Six top Hizb militants held in Kashmir
4 July 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Six top guerrillas of the Hizbul Mujaheedin were arrested while one militant was killed in an operation near the Nishat gardens in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police here said Tuesday.Addressing a press conference here, state Director General of Police Gopal Sharma said Hizbul Mujaheedin divisional commander and five other guerrillas from the group were arrested in separate raids across central Kashmir.He said the sustained interrogation of the arrested guerrillas had Tuesday morning led the police to a hideout at Gallandar near Pampore, 20 km from here, where a Pakistani militant identified as Sohail Afzal alias Ahmed Ali was killed.'An ambush was laid by the police with the assistance of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Gallandar. The security forces gunned down Sohail early this morning,' Sharma said.In another incident, one guerrilla was killed in a nightlong gunbattle at Nishat on the outskirts of Srinagar.'The army is still searching the cordoned area. One militant was killed in the encounter,' the state police chief said.Security forces had surrounded the Nishat area near the famous Mughal gardens Monday evening on specific information that militants were hiding in the area. The search parties came under fire from the hiding guerrillas. In the gunfight that followed, one of the militants were killed and two soldiers and a civilian injured.In other developments, shopkeepers here pulled down their shutters as there was heavy pelting when angry youths protested the beating of two people by the CRPF in Lal Chowk. Traffic was disrupted as protestors shouting slogans threw stones at passing vehicles.