Four militants, including Dawood Ahmad, ISJK commander, a civilian and a cop were killed in a gunfight at Srigufwara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. According to initial reports, scores of youth were also injured in government forces action during the encounter which also left two army man injured.
A police official confirmed that four militants were killed in the gunfight. The other militants killed in the encounter were identified as Majid Manzoor Dar from Talangam Awantipora, Ashraf Itoo from Hatigam Srigufwara and Adil Hassan Mir from Sheipora Srigufwara.
Earlier in the morning, as the news broke of trapped militants, hundreds of people particularly youth marched towards the encounter site, triggering off massive clashes.
The police and paramilitary forces resorted to pellets and bullet firing and used tear smoke shells. Initially, twenty persons suffered injuries and one of them Ubaid Ahmad had bullet injury in his neck and his condition was stated to be serious.
Subsequently, nine youth suffered fresh injuries and five of them have bullet wounds.
Hospital sources told a news agency GNS that the condition of two among the five with bullet injuries is stated to be critical having firearm injuries in their heads. Identified as Shahid Nazir Hajam son of Nazir Ahmad Hajam and Burhan Shafi son of Mohd Shafi Bhat, they were referred to SKIMS from Sub-district hospital Bijbehara.
The other injured include Rafiqa Akther, 40, wife of Ghulam Mohd Rather of Nowshera (Trauma Right Hand Bullet Injury), Nissar Ahmad Itoo, 27, of Hatigam (Pellet injury in both legs), Gowhar Ahmad, 25, of Waghama (pellet injury in both arm), Zahid Ahmad, 24, of Waghama (Pellet injury face with left eye), Tahir Ahmad Najar, 26, of Waghama (Bullet injury left arm with fracture), Suhail Farooq, 21, of Nowshera (Bullet injury with left thigh) and Aadil Ahmad Sheikh,22, of Magraypora (Bullet injury left leg), they said.
All the injured were referred to different hospitals of Srinagar for specialized treatment.
An army spokesman said that a joint party of police, army and the CRPF was fired at from a house while they were carrying searches in Nowshera area of Anantnag. “While search operations in the adjoining area intensified, militants hiding in a ‘nullah” fired at the security forces. Two more militants were killed in the ensuing firefight. Total four militants have been killed so far and the operations are underway,” he said.
Authorities have suspended the internet service in Pulwama, Anantnag, and Srinagar in the wake of the gunfight and the militant and civilian killings.
Taking to Twitter, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, S. P. Vaid, confirmed that four bodies of militants have been recovered.
Two more bodies of terrorists recovered, taking total number to 4. https://t.co/ws9OsU8cQU
— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) June 22, 2018
In the meantime, the forces blasted the residential house and razed it into the rubble which resulted in the killing of two militants, they said. In the initial gunfight, the house owner, identified as Muhammad Yousuf Rather (50), and his wife Hafeeza suffered bullet wounds, they said. Both the injured were immediately taken to nearby hospital where Rather succumbed to injuries, they said.
Later in the exchange of gunfire, two army men and an SPO from SOG namely Ashiq Hussain received serious injuries, they said. All the injured were evacuated to a military hospital where the SPO succumbed to injuries, they said.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Pulwama, the district neighbouring with Anantnag. Police used force to quell the protesters.