Tral gunfight still on; extra forces deployed in south Kashmir

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Representational image. Photograph by Saide Zahoor Shah for The Kashmir Walla
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Kashmir is on edge since the killing of Zakir Musa, the founder, and commander of Ansar Ghazwatul-Hind, in an encounter with government forces in his native Tral, south Kashmir’s Pulwama district today evening.

The gunfight that erupted around 7:20 pm in Dadsara village of Tral, is still going on. Scores of youth marched towards encounter site, while government forces responded with flying tear gas shells, leading to intense clashes. According to the reports, the cordon was launched by a joint team of 42 RR and SOG in the area following credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

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Talking to The Kashmir Walla, a local said, “Forces have sealed a radius of 500 meters around the encounter site,” and stated that the presence of intense government forces has barred protesters from reaching the encounter site.

According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, quoting a top police official, stated that special army forces reached the encounter spot to assist the forces. While a significantly huge number of forces have been deployed in twin districts of south Kashmir: Shopian and Pulwama, to avoid any possible law and order crisis.

Zakir Rashid Bhat, alias Zakir Musa, joined militancy in 2013 at the age of 19. He was earlier affiliated with Pakistan based militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen. He shot to prominence in 2017, after he announced his disassociation HM, and expressed the intention to go with the global movement of establishing Khilafat. He was one of the longest surviving militants in Kashmir militancy’s recent history.