2 Hizb militants killed in Bijbehara
SRINAGAR, Apr 25: Two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in a pre-dawn gun battle at Bijbehara in Anantnag district of South Kashmir today.
Acting on a specific information, security forces cordoned off Bagendera Mohalla, Bijbehara at mid-night. As the security forces zeroed in on the house where militants were hiding, they opened heavy volume of fire at the troops leading to fierce gun battle. “Operation was carried out very neatly and there was no collateral damage,” police said.
Two militants were killed in the gun battle and they have been identified as Safdar Amin, a resident of Bijbehara and Burhan Ahmed Ganaie alias Saifullah resident of Anantnag, who had left his Physiotherapy course and joined the Hizbul Mujahideen. One of them was active since 2017 and another since June 2018.
Police said that as per their records, Safdar Amin had a long history of militancy and several cases were registered against him for planning and executing militant attacks in the area. “Similarly Burhan Ganaie was also involved in several cases,” police said.
They said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. “All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crime cases,” police said.
Soon after the news of killing of two local militants spread, strike was observed in the area. Shopkeepers closed their shops to observe shutdown while as youth blocked roads to prevent traffic movement.
The bodies of the militants were handed over to their families. Thousands of people attended their last rites.
Police today foiled weapon snatching attempt by two youth outside Jammu and Kashmir Bank Pampore in district Pulwama.
A constable of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police, who was at guard near the main entrance of the bank, saw two boys under suspicious circumstances. They tried to attack him with axe in order to snatch his SLR. The cop raised alarm and the two boys fled away. Police and CRPF reached the spot.