Hizb 'bn commdr' killed in Pahalgam
12 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Police and security forces have killed a 'battalion commander' of Hizbul Mujahideen in an encounter in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir today. Official sources said that Anantnag Police, CRPF 156 Bn and Rashtriya Rifles killed a top wanted militant, Mohammad Shafi Meloo alias Younis, resident of Khilan, in an operation at Batkote, near Pahalgam, in the afternoon today. Sources said that Younis was a 'battalion commander' with Hizbul Mujahideen who had been active as a militant in the last eight years. Sources said that Police and security forces swooped on the house of one Mohammad Ramzan on a specific information and found the militant hiding in a room. As the militant opened fire, troops managed to rescue about a 1000 people who were present at a marriage ceremony at a nearby house. Thereafter, the holed up militant was killed in the encounter in which Mohammad Ramzan's house was destroyed in a fire. Officials said that one civilian sustained injuries. Meanwhile, reports from north Kashmir said that a civilian, Mohammad Maqbool Khatana S-o Nooruddin, sustained injuries in an encounter between militants and security forces in Magam area of Handwara. Meanwhile, Eight-year-old Shazia, who was among those wounded in a grenade attack on a religious congregation at the Jamia Masjid Tahab in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Friday, succumbed to wounds at the Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura today, raising the death toll to six. At least six people were killed and 40 others, including a top Muslim cleric, wounded in the grenade attack. Meanwhile, a gun-battle erupted between the Special Operation Group (SOG) of the State Police and militants in the world famous tourist resort of Pahalgam this afternoon. Police said SOG personnel, on a specific information, launched a search operation at Batakoot in Pahalgam area at 1330 hrs. On seeing the SOG personnel, militants opened fire on them which was retaliated, resulting in a fierce gun-battle. The encounter was on when reports last came in. Further details were awaited.