Fresh violence engulfs Kashmir

Published at October 23, 2017 02:45 AM 0Comment(s)2552views

3 including militant killed, CRPF man injured in separate incidents


Fresh violence engulfs Kashmir

Shafat Hussain/Javid Ahmad

Srinagar:

 A CRPF personnel was injured in a grenade attack on the residence of National Conference leader, Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, while unidentified gunmen killed a woman and left another injured in Tral area of Pulwama Sunday afternoon. Government forces also killed an unidentified militant in an encounter in Ananwan, Langate area of north Kashmir’s Handwara town while a non local labourer was killed in Arwani area of Anantnag.
“A grenade was lobbed at the residence of a local political leader in Hamami Mohalla area of Tral today in which a CRPF man, identified as SK Naval Ali of 180 BN was injured”, said a police official. He was shifted to 92 Base hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment.
Bhat was present at his home at the time of this attack and escaped unhurt. In another incident, a woman was killed while another was injured after unidentified gunmen fired upon them. The incident occurred in Seer village of Tral area in Pulwama district this morning.
“Militants shot dead Yasmeena, daughter of Ghulam Rasool Bhat, resident of Khunmoh and injured Ruby, wife of Muhammad Shafi Wagay of Seer. Yasmeena died on the spot while Ruby was shifted to a local hospital where from she was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment”, said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Awantipora, Zahid Malik. Government forces immediately cordoned off the area to nab the assailants. “Jaish-e-Muhammad militant, Noor Mohammad Tantray was behind this attack”, added a police official. In a spate in attack on the houses of political workers and policemen,
suspected militants, Saturday night, ransacked the house of a police assistant sub-inspector, in Batagund Village of Tral in Pulwama district. The gunmen fired few aerial shots while leaving from the spot.
“Militants vandalised the house of ASI Ghulam Ahmed Bhat in Batagund village at around 10 pm last night. The masked men forced their entry into Bhat’s house and vandalized his property”, said a police official. Even as the forces were rushed to the area who conducted searches to nab the assailants, no arrests were made so far, added the official. The family members, including the cop, fled their house instantly as militants barged inside, according to a local source. Earlier, suspected militants had also barged inside the house of PDP zonal president, Mohammad Ashraf Peer in Dadsara Tral Saturday late evening ransacking his house. The gunmen had fired few gunshots into air before fleeing from the spot.
Unidentified gunmen also fired several gunshots outside the residence of an army man, Ishfaq Ahmed in Zasaw area of Pulwama district. No loss of life or property was reported from here. In Wachi and Renzipora areas of Shopian district, armed militants barged inside the houses of two PDP workers and threatened them of dire consequences if they do not quit the mainstream activities. Videos of both these workers, who were identified as Fayaz Ahmed Mir and Abdul Hamid Bhat of Wachi and Renzipora respectively, went viral on social networking sites throughout the day. In both these videos militants were heard blaming senior PDP leaders of harassing the families of militants through STF and other government forces. Houses of several active militants were raided in Shopian last week while relatives of some of the militants were taken into custody for questioning by the police.
“Militants are leaderless elements and to settle their personal scores they are indulging in mass civilian atrocities by barging into the houses of these political workers. Militants are basically the criminals who are resorting to such criminal activities and that is what their main job is. We are investigating into all these incidents and law will take its course”, said a top police official.
An unidentified militant was also killed in an encounter with forces in Ananwan, Langate area of north Kashmir’s Handwara town Sunday. Sources said forces jointly launched an operation against suspected militants in Ananwan village based on inputs about their movement in the area. “The operation was launched after input was developed properly and forces were rushed to the area,” they said.
According to commanding officer of 30 RR, Colonel RR Appiya, the operation was launched based on the technical intelligence inputs about the likely movement of militants in general area of Ananwan. “During the intervening night of 21-22 October a joint operation was launched and multiple ambushes were laid along the suspected routes. Around 5 am one of the forces party observed militant movement. Subsequently, on being challenged troops were fired upon by militants who were retaliated triggering a gunfight in which one unidentified militant was killed,” he said.
While the operation was almost over, Colonel Appiya said, “searches were in process in neighbouring areas of Ananwan.” “One AK rifle, 3 magazines and Pakistan currency was recovered from the possession of militant.” Superintendent of Police Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani, told Rising Kashmir that the slain militant was not local but a foreigner. Asked whether the slain was only militant moving in the area, CO 30 RR said, “Although movement of two to three militants was suspected some two militants could have managed to escape taking advantage of darkness from the site of encounter.”
“The militant’s identity has not be ascertained yet and we are trying to ascertain it.”
Also a labourer who was identified as Shakir Ahmad resident of Uttar Pradesh was killed in Arwani area of Anantnag. Sources said he was a shopkeeper and the investigation has been started. Militants also entered into the house of PDP youth president Shiraz Ahmad at Nunmai Kulgam and resorted to vandalism.

javid@risingkashmir.com

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