By Shahid Tantray | Pulwama, Kashmir
In the hours long gun battle between the two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants and the Indian forces in Ichgosa village of district Pulwama- 50 kilometers South of Indian-Controlled Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar, both the militants were killed and the house was damaged.
The two militants were identified as Mohammad Abass Nengroo alias Faisal son of Ghulam Ahmed Bala resident of Hanjan Bala. Another militant killed, on June 5, was Altaf Baba of Pakharpora, the Division Commander of JeM – a Pakistan based outfit, for South Kashmir. Nengroo, a science graduate, had joined JeM militant outfit in 2011 on the motivation of Baba, who had joined the militant outfit in 2008.
On June 5, on a specific information, regarding the presence of armed militants in the village; Pulwama Police, 44 Rashtriya Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a joint cordon and search operation in the village. After killing Baba, the forces started targeting the house in which Nengroo was holed up and was retaliating. According to the locals the forces couldn’t find the exact location of Nengroo in the house and they started heavy firing of Mortar shells from every side.
“At the end a few Indian army men brought a pump and sprayed petrol on the house from one side. They burnt the house. The fire burned the militant entirely in the house but still after that his body parts were found lying down in the debris,” said a local boy, near the damaged house.
The two storey eight room house was fully damaged into ashes. The half burnt newspapers, books and clothes were lying outside the house. “My books have been burnt. How can I study now?” said, Abdul Ahad Wani’s daughter. Ahad had built this house in 2002 in the orchard.
Wani’s family was sitting outside the house, crying, with the neighbors and relatives who had come to visit them.
At the funeral of Nengroo, thousands of people from all over the district were coming to see his face but they were not shown as the body was fully burnt. Near a Chinar tree, on a wooden stage, the body was kept with a few youth sitting around him, telling people not to see the body. Amid anti-India, Pro-freedom slogans, the funeral proceeded and the body was buried in the village graveyard.