In Tral, ultras give the Army the slip
A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant and a soldier were killed in a fierce gunfight at Kulgam in south Kashmir on Tuesday, as another batch of militants managed to the give the Army the slip after being trapped in Pulwama.
A police official said a heavy exchange of fire erupted between the hiding militants and the security forces at Nowbug Kund, Kulgam, during a cordon operation. “The operation got prolonged as the trapped militants changed their positions during the exchange of fire,” the official said.
An LeT militant, identified as Muzamil Manzoor, a resident of Bardoo-Yaripora, Kulgam, was killed. However, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin identified the militant as Showkat Ahmad Dar.
The other trapped militants managed to escape into a jungle area. A soldier was also killed in the operation. A policeman associated with the Special Operations Group (SOG) suffered injuries, police said.
In north Kashmir, a procession was taken out during the last rites for Ashiq Ahmed Bhat, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant killed along with his associate Toib Majid of Brat Kalan Sopore in Zachildara area of Handwara town on Monday night.
A police official said Bhat was from the volatile Palhalan area. He had joined the militant ranks in April 2015 as a Class 10 student. Clashes also broke out after the funeral. Another militant Majid was also buried in Bratkalan Sopore as mourners chanted anti-India slogans.
Paying tributes to the slain militants, Hizb chief Salahuddin, in a statement issued from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said the ongoing struggle would continue till a logical conclusion was reached. “The sun of freedom will rise sooner or later in Kashmir.”