May 2018 News

CRPF Man Killed, House Owner Injured In Overnight Gunbattle In Pulwama

12 May 2018
Kashmir Times
ESS Ahmad

Anantnag: A para-military trooper was killed and a civilian injured during an overnight gunfight that broke out between government forces and militants in a village in southern Pulwama district Friday night. The militants believed to be three in number later managed to break the cordon and escape along with the rifle of the killed CRPF man. Officials and local sources said that the gunfight raged in Chinar Bagh, Mohalla Takya near Pulwama town at around 12 pm last night after the government forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area following an input about the presence of militants there. An official said that as soon as the forces started search operation, the militants hiding in a house resorted to heavy firing on them triggering a gunfight. As soon as the gunfight started, local sources said, youth amid darkness hit the streets, held protests and pelted the forces with stones. Amid stone throwing protests the heavy exchange of fire between the two sides continued for several hours during which a CRPF personal identified as Mandeep Singh sustained critical injuries and later succumbed at 92 base army hospital. Though some reports suggested that the militants fled along with the rifle of the killed CRPF man, however, police neither confirmed the snatching of the rifle nor refuted the reports. During the gunfight, sources said, two houses were damaged while as the owner of the house where the militants were hiding was injured after being hit by a bullet in his shoulder. He was identified as Bashir Ahmad Ganai. Police in a statement said that Bashir was injured after the militants fired on the forces which were searching the area. SSP Pulwama, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam confirmed that a CRPF man was killed in the gunfight and militants also escaped. 'Though there was hooting and minor stone throwing on police outside the cordon area. The militants actually escaped taking advantage of darkness,' SSP said. Asked about the reports that militants have fled along with the rifle, SSP said, 'Yes there were rumours and CRPF also did not deny the reports.'