4 Militants Killed In Kashmir Gunbattles1 November 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Four militants, including two from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), were killed in separate gunbattles with security forces in Kupwara and Kulgam districts of Kashmir valley today. The LeT militants were killed in a gunfight with a joint team of police and Rashtriya Rifles at Kaladrung in Yaripora area of Kulgam district, 85 kms from here, this afternoon, officials said. As per preliminary investigations, the slain militants were identified as Abu Huzaifa Mahi and his local accomplice Mohammad Saleem Ganai. In another encounter, a police spokesman said two militants were killed when security forces confronted them at Bhawan forests in Zachaldara area of Handwara in the wee hours. Their identity and affiliation could not be ascertained as the search operation in the area was on till late this evening, he said. He also said that security forces recovered two AK assault rifles, six magazines, 90 rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from the scene of the gunbattle. Meanwhile, the militant killed in the encounter with security forces at Ahad Sahib locality of Sopore town in Baramulla district yesterday has been identified as Irshad Ahmad Mir alias 'Ammar', a resident of Gundbrat village of Sopore. Mir was affiliated with Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) outfit, the officials said adding two hand grenades were recovered from the spot. A civilian was also injured injured in the crossfire. On the Kulgam encounter, a police spokesman said that a LeT militant was arrested during the encounter. He has been identified as Azad Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Shirmaal village of Shopian. 'The encounter took place in an open field,' the spokesman said, adding that a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of the slain militants. Meanwhile, curfew remained in force in parts of North Kashmir for the third day today even as a separatist-sponsored strike disrupted normal life in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley. Curfew continued in Sopore town and Delina and Palhalan villages of Baramulla district and Bandipora district town as a precautionary measure, a police spokesman said. He said the law and order situation in the curfew-bound areas and elsewhere in the Valley was normal. 'There are no reports of any untoward incident from any place. The situation at this hour is normal and under control,' the spokesman said. However, shops and business establishments and private offices remained closed in most parts of the Valley due to the strike called by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Public transport services also remained off the roads but private vehicles were plying in the city in large numbers. Some commercial vehicles were also seen plying on some routes in the Valley. Five students were arrested, including one in an injured condition, on charges of stone- pelting on the police at a college in Wazir Bagh area here, official sources said. A police team raided Amar Singh College after receiving a tip-off that some students involved in stone-pelting were planning to interact with a group of visiting journalists, they said. Clashes took place in the campus when students pelted stones on the police to prevent them from taking their colleagues into custody, they said. Police opened fire in an attempt to bring the situation under control, they said, adding that five students were arrested. One of the arrested, identified as Hashim Farooq, was hit by a bullet in the foot, they said. He was taken to police hospital for treatment. The arrested students were undergoing studies at Islamic University of Sciences and Technology (IUST) Awantipora in Pulwama district and had come to the college to interact with the journalists, they said.