Militant killed, 4 fake ultras held
25 August 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Security forces shot dead a militant during an encounter while as an 'insane' created panic in the main market of Kupwara district. Official spokesman said that security forces cordoned off Lalpora village of Kupwara district late last night following a tip-off. During the operation, militants opened fire on the search party which was retaliated and in the ensuing encounter one ultra was killed. Some arms and ammunition were seized from the encounter site, he said, adding the search operation was going on when reports last came in. The identity of the slain ultra was yet to be established. Meanwhile, an 'insane' person created panic in the main market of Kupwara district when he took away an automatic rifle of the troops of 41 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and moved freely displaying the weapon The spokesman said that troops of 41 RR had parked their vehicle at a particular place in the Kupwara main market and kept their service weapons in it. As they were busy frisking and searching people, the insane person took away one of the rifles from the vehicle. When some people noticed the insane person carrying a weapon in his hands and moving freely in the main market, they informed the police who arrested him. Police later returned the weapon to the troops. The spokesman said that four 'fake' militants today hijacked a vehicle, snatched mobile and Rs 7000 cash from the milk sellers at village Badgampora under the jurisdiction of Awantipora Police Station this morning. Their drama came to an end after about three hours when all were arrested alongwith hijacked vehicle. Some fake guns were also recovered from their possession. Police spokesman said that four youth intercepted a Tata 207 vehicle (JK01A-1649) of a milk seller Shabir Ahmed Rather, son of Asad Rather of Goripura near village Badgampora and hijacked the vehicle on gun point. The youth, who were projecting themselves as militants, also snatched mobile and Rs 7000 cash from Shabir Ahmed Rather and two more milk sellers travelling in the vehicle. On getting information, SP Awantipora Sardar Khan constituted four teams and deputed them in different directions to nab the 'militants'. After about three hour, the 'militants' were chased at Dogripura village. The hijacked vehicle, mobile and cash were recovered from their possession. From their hide-out, police also recovered fake guns which established that they were not the real terrorists. They have been identified as Mohd Yasin Dar, son of Mohd Ramzan Dar, Mohd Yawar Bhat, son of Ghulam Kadir Bhat, Mehraj-ud-Din Bhat, son of Mohd Subhan Bhat and Zahur Ahmed, son of Manzoor Ahmed, all the residents of Malangpora in Pulwama district.