7 injured in clashes; militants flee from cordon

Arms and ammunition recovered from killed militants at Bandipora. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi
Arms and ammunition recovered from killed militants at Bandipora. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Sept 2: At least seven persons were injured in clashes with security forces in Shopian district of South Kashmir today during an anti-militancy operation in which militants managed to escape.
A brief gunfight broke out in the village this morning after militants fired upon security forces during a search operation in the village around 7 am.
Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police this morning launched an operation in the village on the basis of inputs about presence of at least three militants hiding in the area.
Militants managed to escape following the brief encounter. Soon after the news about the gunfight spread, the people of the area and its adjoining areas took to streets and pelted stones at the security forces.
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The police and paramilitary CRPF used tear smoke shells and fired pellets to disperse the protesters. At least seven persons received injuries during the clashes.
Among the injured three persons with pellet wounds were treated at Zainapora hospital while two with pellet injuries in eyes were brought to district hospital Shopian where from they were referred to Srinagar for treatment.
And Army today while giving details about the Bandipora gun battle in which three militants and soldier was killed said that it was a weeklong operation launched by Army’s 31 RR and 27 RR in Chaan Daji and Dani Behak forests.
Brigadier V Hari Harn, Commander 5-Sector RR told reporters during a press conference that the gun battle broke out yesterday afternoon in which three militants and a soldier were killed. He said they have recovered arms and ammunition including 3 AK-47 rifles with one UBGL magazine, Pakistan manufactured medicines and winter clothes from the spot.
A Defence spokesman said here: “Army today paid befitting tribute to Late sepoy Shive Kumar who made the supreme sacrifice during counter terrorist operation yesterday in the Kashmir valley. In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander along with Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks paid homage to the martyr on behalf of a proud nation. Representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the martyr”.
“Late sepoy Shive Kumar sustained bullet injuries during the fierce operation in Danna Forests of Bandipora district in which three terrorists were eliminated. He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The martyr was 32 years old and had joined the Army in 2005. He belonged to village Karoor of Kishtwar tehsil in Doda District of Jammu and is survived by his wife, three children and parents.
The mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to his native place, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the martyr and remains committed to their dignity and well being”, he added.