February 2018 News

Militants Strike Heart Of Srinagar; Kill CRPF Men, Encounter Going On

12 February 2018
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: A fierce encounter was going on between militants, holed up in a house near a CRPF battalion headquarter, and security forces in the Karan Nagar area of the city on Monday. A CRPF constable Mujahid Khan was killed in the encounter, official sources said. A senior CRPF officer told media persons near the encounter site that at 0445 an alert sentry noticed a group of militants trying to enter the battalion headquarter at Karan Nagar under the cover of darkness. 'When challenged, the militants fled and entered a nearby building,' he said. The area was immediately cordoned off after additional security forces and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police were rushed from different areas. He said contact was established with the militants holed up in a building at 0930 hrs when security forces opened fire. The entire area has been cordoned off and exchange of fire between militants, two in number, and security forces was going on when the reports last came in. A CRPF constable Mujahid Khan of 49 Batallion was critically wounded in the encounter, he said, adding the injured later succumbed. Militants are holed up in a house near the camp, he said adding firing was going on when the reports last came in. The main road to down town, including SMHS hospital from civil lines, has been closed for any traffic. Vehicles have been directed through alternative routes, including Qamarwari and Khanyar areas. A resident said that there were loud explosion and heavy exchange of fire there. This was the first encounter after a top militant of Naveed Jatt alias Abu Hanzala of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) escaped from SMHS hospital in the Karan Nagar area, where he was brought for treatment from Central Jail, Srinagar on February 7 after two police personnel, escorting the detenues, were killed. However, police later arrested two militants and as many Over Ground Workers (OGWs) who helped Naveed to escape. A day Rs 35 lakh was looted from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) of State Bank of India (SBI) in the area. Meanwhile, Minister for Revenue, Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the house that a CRPF personnel has been killed in the ongoing encounter between militants and security forces in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar. Giving details of the incident, the Minister said that at about 4:30 am on Monday, a sentry at CRPF 23 Battalion Headquarter Karan Nagar Srinagar spotted two militants carrying Pithu bags & armed with AK 47 rifles and opened fire due to which the militants escaped towards a nearby locality. The Minister said at about 10 hours, while conducting search in the area, the search party was fired upon near Gole Market Karan Nagar which was retaliated leading to an encounter. He said the militants have been cornered in an abandoned house near 23 Bn CRPF headquarters and the encounter is still on. Meanwhile, the high speed mobile internet service has been suspended on Monday in Srinagar city, where an encounter ensued after CRPF personnel foiled a fidayeen attack on their camp in Karan Nagar area this morning. A CRPF men was killed and encounter was going on between security forces and militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) holed up in a house near battalion headquarter of CRPF. All cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) snapped high speed mobile internet service in the city as a precautionary measure to prevent any spread of rumours. The high speed service was suspended on the directive from security agencies, official sources said. However, low speed internet, including 2G was working. The broadband and other leased line internet service was working almost normally. Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah on Monday paid tributes to militants killed in an encounter with government forces at Sunjwan army camp, Jammu. Lashkar spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement issued to a local news agency GNS quoted Shah as saying, 'Indian forces only know how to spill the blood of innocent Kashmiris but the same forces pick their dead in any fight against the freedom fighters. This is the bitter truth India wants to hide from its nation.' 'Despite the claims of 'Operation All Out' by Ajit Doval, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi and Bipin Rawat, the Indian forces are biting the dust, be it in the form of bullets by freedom fighters or stones thrown at them by people,' the spokesperson quoted LeT chief as saying. 'Indian forces are not equipped with the knowledge of war tactics, the evidence being the Sunjwan army camp where a handful of freedom fighters held their stronghold for several hours. It is the Indian forces who are used to picking up their dead for several consecutive days.' 'The freedom fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba continue to seize control of the stronghold in Karan Nagar (Srinagar). If India has any guts to face the Mujahideen, we invite you to fight! But we believe that it is the worst coward military army in the world,' Lashkar chief said in a statement.