Kulgam,Sep 15 CNS: Five militants were killed in a fierce encounter here in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The gunfight had erupted at Khargund Chowgam village in the middle of the night. Indian Army personnel from 9 Rashtriya Rifles, counter insurgent group of Jammu Kashmir Police known as SOG jointly launched an operation after receiving inputs about the presence of a group of militants.
The gunfight continued for at least 10 hours in which five Kashmiri militants were killed. A Police spokesperson while terming the operation as a huge success said it was a combo of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujhadeen militants.
Militants according to an official were present in the house of one Manzoor Ahmed Ganaie who is a retired Armyman. The house was razed to ground using powerful Improvised Explosive Device
Militants killed in the gunfight were identified as Gulzar Ahmed Paddar of Pombai Kulgam, Faisal Rashid Rather of Yamrach Kulgam, Zahid Ahmed Mir of Okey Kulgam, Masroor Ahmed Bhat of Fathepora Anantnag and Zahoor Ahmed of DH Pora Kulgam.
A police spokesman in a statement said that during the search operation, militants fired on the search party. Initially, the civilians were moved away from the site of the encounter to safer locations. government forces then engaged the militants in an encounter. “In the ensuing encounter, five militants were killed. This was a group of militants involving proscribed outfits HM and LeT. The slain militants were identified as Gulzar Ahmad Padder alias Saif resident of Adijan Kulgam, Faisal Ahmad Rather alias Dawood resident of Yamrach Kulgam, Zahid Ahmad Mir alias Hashim resident of Okey Kulgam, Masroor Molvi alias Abu Darda resident of Fatehpora Anantnag and Zahoor Ahmad Lone alias Rehman Bhai resident of Nagnad Noorabad Damhal Hanjipora,” the spokesman said.
“Gulzar Paddar was a close associate of Altaf Kachroo and was involved in a series of militant attacks including the killing of five police personnel at Pambay last year along with two bank employees,” he said.
The spokesman said that he was also involved in the killings of SPO at Krewan Chidder in Kulgam. Besides he was involved in looting police guards at Damhaal and weapon snatching cases reported across Kulgam and many other bank robbery cases attempted in the area.
“Zahid of Okey village was wanted for his involvement in the killing of policeman Fayaz Ahmad of Zainapora on the day of Eid,” he added.
“Faisal was involved in the killing of Policeman Gowhar Ahmad who was posted in Shopian last year,” he said.
“Zahoor @ Rehman and Mansoor was involved in series of militant offences besides recruitment bid in the locality,” the spokesman said.
“They were affiliated with proscribed militant outfits LeT and HM. Arms and ammunition were also seized from the site of encounter. Police have registered a case and initiated investigation in the instant matter,” the police spokesman said.
The killing of militants sparked spontaneous shutdown in South Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag. All shops and business establishments remained shut while transport also remained off the roads.
Over a dozen protesters sustained injuries during clashes that erupted near the encounter site. Over two protesters received bullet injuries while others suffered pellet wounds.
Authorities suspended internet service and ordered the closure of educational institutions in parts of South Kashmir. Tran service was also suspended.