3 militants, soldier killed, 3 injured in Pulwama

IG CRPF Ravideep Sahi addressing a press conference in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel
IG CRPF Ravideep Sahi addressing a press conference in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Situation under control, forces vigilant: CRPF

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Nov 6: Three militants and a soldier were today killed while two soldiers and a civilian were injured during an encounter at Aglar Kandi village of Pulwama district in South Kashmir.
An Army soldier Sham Sundar of 44 RR was injured during exchange of fire with militants and was referred to Army’s Base hospital in Srinagar here, where he succumbed.
Three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad were killed and two AK-47 rifles and a pistol were recovered from the debris of the house, where they were trapped. One of them has been identified as Waseem of Drubgam in Pulwama while two others were from Pakistan. Police said these militants were responsible for attack on police party in Rajpora in which a constable Abdul Salam was killed.
Sources said that security forces received information that at least three militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad are hiding inside the village. And during the searches they were fired upon in which three army personnel were injured. One of them later succumbed while condition of the other is stated to be critical.
A civilian Tariq Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Kandi Aglar was also injured when massive clashes between locals and security forces erupted in the area amid encounter. The civilian sustained bullet wound below his heart on left side of his chest and has been hospitalized.
Meanwhile, internet services have been snapped in Pulwama district in wake of the gunfight.
Security forces today busted a militant hideout in the forest in the Central Kashmir district of Ganderbal.
On a tip-off about the militant hideout in the forests of Najwan, Kangan, in the Ganderbal district, security forces launched a search operation.
However, after a long search, security forces finally busted the militant hideout and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition.
No one was arrested as militants had escaped and left the arms and ammunition in the hideout.
In the meantime, Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Ravideep Sahi, today said that militants may strike during the visit of Centre’s Interlocutor. “There is an input. May be a grenade throwing. May be hit and run attack. There is indication that they may step up violence. Whenever, any such step takes place, which leads to peace, enemy will not want peace. So they may try to step up. It would be like grenade throwing, hit and run on standing CRPF and Police jawans,” he said
The IG CRPF said that the situation in Kashmir is under control and stressed for vigil. “We keep on receiving inputs about militant activities and their movements. Situation is under control but we are alert”, he said.
Sahi said that militants do come to Srinagar but they have no permanent bases here. “As per information available with us, they do sometime come to city. They don’t have a permanent base but of course we receive inputs of their presence on outskirts. And on these inputs we carried out some operations. Many commanders have been neutralized”, he added.
The IG CRPF said there has been reduction in stone pelting incidents in Kashmir. “In 2017, there has been lot of reduction in stone pelting, particularly after April. In March and April, there was heavy stone pelting but then it slowed down gradually. But stone pelting still takes places at the encounter sites and that is cause of concern. By and large, the spontaneous stone-pelting in city from law and order point has reduced to a large extent”, he said.
Sahi said that NIA operations and economy taking a hit may be the reasons for the reduction in the stone pelting incidents. “The reason for reduction I think is that there is no positive result of stone pelting and this thing people understand. So these things common people have understood. So this is one reason. Besides this, the operations were also carried out and also NIA operations could be the reason. There are multiple reasons, not one or two”, he added.