Encounters Rage In Kashmir From North To South4 August 2011
Srinagar: For last one week or so encounters between militants and security forces in Kashmir show an upward trend and during last three days frontier district Kupwara in north and Pulwama district in south of Kashmir have become the hot-beds for face-off. With the killing of three militants on Thursday, the toll of militants killed in the area in the last 20 days has gone up to 11. While on the same day a commander of Lashker-e-Toiba outfit was killed in a fierce gun battle in Pulwama district. The army’s 15 Rashtriya Rifles, according to defence spokesman, spotted suspicious movement in the dense fir, pine and huge shrubs dotting Esmali forests in Keran area, near the Line of Control in Kupwara district on Wednesday evening. “A search operation was launched immediately to neutralise the militants,” said the defence spokesman. The hiding militants opened fire at the search party. “The fire was retaliated, triggering a gun-battle,” said the spokesman. Though a search operation is on in the area, bodies of two militants were retrieved from the encounter site. Meanwhile on a specific information about the presence of armed militants in village Khar Mohalla, Puchal area of district Pulwama, Police and 55 RR unit of the Army laid a siege of the area in the wee hours today, said army spokesperson. “As soon the advance party was carrying out the search, it was fired upon which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, one militant Shakoor Ahmad Teli @ Saif @ Abu Bakar self styled District Comdr, of the Lashkar-e-Toiba-(LeT) son of Abdul Razak resident of Bagh-e-Trich Pulwama got killed,” he said. The spokesperson said the slain militant had been active since 2007 and was involved in a number of militancy related cases and in the killings of civilians. “Soon after the operation concluded, some miscreants resorted to heavy stone pelting on Police and security forces deployments and also set ablaze a Police vehicle,” he claimed. Last week in the Kupwara district authorities said troops and infiltrating militants clashed in a deadly gun battle. Security officials claim that militants sneaking into the Line of Control (LoC) from the Pakistani side. On the other hand a militant was killed in a gun battle with forces in Jammu's Kishtwar district on Thursday, officials said. Forces cordoned off Nagnigarh area this morning and launched searches. 'During the search, militants fired on the operation party and tried to break the cordon. However, fire was retaliated triggering a gunfight in which one militant was killed,' officials said, adding the encounter was on when reports last came in.