June 2017 News

Militant Surrenders, 4 Killed In Machil

7 June 2017
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Four militants were killed in a gun battle in Machil sector along Line of Control in North Kashmir's Kupwara district today while Army foiled three infiltration bids along the LoC in North Kashmir. Army's 56 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a massive cordon and search operation at Sardari Nad forest area after reports of infiltration of a group of militants in Tangri post general area was reported. Militants hiding in the area opened fire on the troops leading to gun fight in which one militant was killed. However, the militants fled away and additional troops including 4 Para-Commandos have been rushed to the area and massive manhunt has been launched against these militants. Three more militants were later gunned down and the operation is going on. One or two militants are still hiding in the area. A Srinagar based Defence spokesman said that three militants were killed in the operation and three AK-47 rifles were recovered. Troops of 4 JAK LI and 4 para launched massive operation after movement of 5-6 infiltrating militants was noticed in Doba Sardar area of Uri near the LoC this afternoon. As a group of highly trained militants infiltrated into this area, Army launched the operation. Militants fired on the troops injuring two of them. They have been identified as Vijay Sharma and Firasat Ali. They have been removed to hospital for treatment. Militants are hiding in the dense forest area near the LoC and Army have recovered 6 bags of militants so far. Army also foiled an infiltration bid by a group of highly trained militants in Kanzalwan area of Gurez today. Army noticed movement of a group of 5-6 militants infiltrating into the area and challenged them. The militants fired back but managed to escape back to PoK. Army is on high alert along the LoC after reports of over 250 militants waiting on the launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) for infiltration. They foiled several infiltration attempts recently killing 23 militants so far this year. However, few group of militants managed to sneak in this year and as per the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) figures, 19 militants infiltrated this year till April. Meanwhile, a militant who appeared in video clips on social media few days back, wearing battle pouch with a grenade surrendered before the security forces in North Kashmir's Handwara town. Superintendent of Police, Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani told reporters in Handwara that during the investigation of the video clips that were clicked in Tral, area of Pulwama district during the funeral of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat, the militant was identified as Danish Ahmed son of Faooq Ahmed of Kulangam, Handwara. 'It surfaced that Danish was studying in BSc third year at Doon PG College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Dehradun. He was found involved in stone-pelting incidents at Handwara in 2016 turmoil also. He was picked up by the police but was let off after counselling in view of his career', said the SP. He said that Handwara police and 21 RR Army got into touch with his parents and impressed upon them to counsel their son for surrender. 'His parents were convinced that if he surrenders, he would be dealt with fairly under law. Efforts made by security forces yielded results and Danish surrendered before Handwara police and 21 RR Army', he said. Jeelani said the militant revealed that he was in touch with militants of South Kashmir region on social media sites; and it was on their instigation that he had decided to join them. 'He was tasked by Hizbul Mujahideen commanders to activate some local youth in North Kashmir and make the region as militancy infested as the South Kashmir. However, after spending a few days with them in South Kashmir, he realized the futility of joining militant ranks', he said. A Case (FIR number 133-2017 under Section 7-25 Arms Act) has been registered in Police Station Handwara. 'Investigation is on. Danish is being considered under the J&K Surrendered Militants Rehabilitation Policy', he said.