November 2016 News

2 Soldiers Hurt, Local Militant Killed In Shopian Encounter

7 November 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: A newly recruited militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen was killed and two soldiers were injured in a gunfight in south Kashmir's Shopian district today. The slain militant identified as Saddam Hussain Mir had joined militant ranks last month. The police said the gunfight started at Wangam in Shopian, nearly 60 km from here, around 2 am when the Special Operations Group of the J&K Police and the 62 Rashtriya Rifles launched an operation after an input about the presence of two or three militants in the area. As the area was being cordoned off, holed-up militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight. 'In the gunfight one militant was killed and two soldiers were injured,' a police officer said. The condition of the injured jawans is stated to be stable. A rifle and some ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. The police said that they were ascertaining whether the recovered rifle from the slain militant was snatched from policeme during the unrest. Saddam is the second local militant to be killed in a gunfight in the past two days in Shopian. On Saturday, Waseem Ahmed Khanday was killed in a gunfight at Doubjan in Shopian. Waseem was the first local militant to get eliminated during the unrest. DGP K Rajendra Kumar had on Saturday said that at present 250-300 militants were active. The police and the Army have stepped up anti-militancy operations in south Kashmir. Ration reserves found The recovery of a large quantity of ration after a gunfight with militants in Shopian forest on Saturday has hinted that the area might have been used as a 'mini-training centre' for new recruits. At least 200 kg each of rice and wheat flour, seven gas cylinders, 50 kg each of onions and potatoes, 90 litres of refined oil and 15 kg of dry fruit were some of the food items recovered from the Doubjan forest area in south Kashmir's Shopian district, about 65 km from here. Besides, 20 mattresses, 30 jackets, 20 blankets and 5 pairs of shoes were also recovered from the site where the 44 Rashtriya Rifles and J&K Police killed a local militant, Waseem Ahmad Khanday, in an anti-militancy operation. Two Army soldiers were also wounded in the encounter while several militants apparently managed to escape on Saturday.