Kulgam gunfight: 8 killed 15 injured in the encounter, protest erupt

SRINAGAR: On Sunday morning, security forces gunned down four militants of Hizbul Mujaheddin in an encounter at Frisal Kulgam area of South Kashmir. In the encounter two security forces and two civilians were also killed in the cross fire. Three Indian Army personals were injured and were airlifted to the Army Base Hospital in Srinagar.

Official sources said, “Acting on a tip-off of Jammu and Kashmir Police, a cordon was thrown around Nagbal village in Frisal, about 70 km south of Srinagar by the army, police and para-military forces at around 4.30 am.

In an over-night gun battle which resumed Sunday morning, put the death toll up to nine. Three army personals were injured and sources said that their condition is stable.

Officials said that the intelligence input was clear that militants were hiding in a house in the village following which a cordon was thrown around the locality. On being spotted by the troops, who were accompanied by the house owner, militants heavily fired, in which two soldiers, identified as Lance Naik Raghuvir Sigh and Lance Naik Gopal Singh Badoria were killed.

In the gun battle thereafter, three militants managed to escape in the nearby jungles while four other militants belonging to banned Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed. Out of the four militants, three have been identified as Mudasir Ahmed Tantray, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Azhar Ahmed. Allthe militants were local residents. “We are ascertaining their identities,” Official added.

Four weapons have been recovered from the scene of the gun battle as security forces were also trying to ascertain the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants.

According to PTK reporter, there are massive protests going on in the area. The people from surrounding villages are marching towards the spot of encounter. A man was killed by the security personals during the protests that erupted after the encounter.

“Fifteen youngsters were injured by the use of bullets and tear gases used by the forces to disperse the protestors” Officials said.

“The protester was identified as Mushtaq Ibrahim, 24, from Sirgufwara. The youth probably died of bullet wounds” said Deputy Inspector General of South Kashmir SP Pani, adding that the other injured protesters are out of danger.

“We have referred at least 15 wounded youngsters to the Anantnag district hospital,” said Kulgam Chief Medical Officer Dr Shafi while talking to PTK. “We are compiling more reports of the kind from adjoining areas” he added. (PTK)

Geelani pays tribute to slain militants
Urges Indians to desist from stubborn approach

Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani paid glorious tributes to slain militants of Redwani Kulgam and said these youths are sacrificing their precious lives for a sacred cause. It is a cherished and patriotic mission, said Syed Ali Geelani and these youths are putting a huge responsibility on our shoulders. We are duty bound to carry their mission to its logical end.
Geelani said in a statement issued to PTK, that people of state are not war mongers, but through peaceful means urging India and world community to fulfill their pledge and resolve the political future of state. Blaming India for its stubbornness and egoistic approach, Geelani said that that precious lives are being lost and forced occupation is the root cause of all bloodshed in state.
Geelani while referring to increasing incidents of encounters, said that few black sheep in our folds are instrumental in providing information, thus helping forces in killing our youth. They should note it that they must furnish explanation for their deeds in front of Almighty Allah.
Meanwhile on the directions of Huriyat chairman, a deputation comprising of Raja Meraj Din, Bashir Ahmad Faroqi, Syed Zahoor ul Haq and Umar Aadil Dar participated in funeral prayers of Kulgam martyrs and paid their rich tributes.
Pro-freedom Leader in his statement issued to PTK, said those who strive for a scared cause, never die however achieve an eternal life and find place in history. They are sacrificing their lives for our future and their sacrifices won’t go waste or unnoticed, said he. Pro-freedom leader said that people of state pursued their mission peacefully for forty years for right to self-determination, however India turned its deaf ear to the screams and genuine voices raised in this regard. India with its military might is pushing youth to wall and it is the reason that youth are daring to challenge occupant forces and while laying their lives are writing new annals of history.
While referring to Indian rulers for their blame game against Pakistan, Syed Ali Geelani said it is ridiculous, ours is an indigenous movement, we have nothing to do with extremism and people in Jammu and Kashmir are striving for their right to self-determination. While referring to those youths resenting Indian hegemony, Syed Ali Geelani said that most of these have never crossed border.
Huriyat Chairman urged Indian authorities to desist from their rigid and stubborn approach. He asked Indian authorities to stop from creating hurdles and urged to resolve Kashmir issue through peaceful means. It will prove a positive step for India as well as people of Jammu and Kashmir. (PTK)

CNS adds:

Hizb pays tribute to militants and civilians

Militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has paid rich tributes to slain militants and two civilians killed during a gun battle with Government Forces in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday morning.

Operational spokesperson Burhanuddin told news agency CNS over phone that four local Hizb militants put up a brave show during the night long gun battle. “Our militants resisted the Indian might and killed many army men. Several Indian soldiers were killed while many of them suffered disabilities. Security establishments hide the truth to stop demoralizing their men,” he said.

Four militants, two soldiers and a civilian died in the gunfight in Frisal village of Kulgam district on Sunday, triggering protests and clashes.

Fifteen persons were injured after forces resorted to firing and shelling to break up protests near the encounter site.

Hizb Operational spokesperson added that attacks on Indian Security Bases will continue till the Freedom Movement is not taken to its logical conclusion.

“The youth are sacrificing their lives for a sacred Cause and we will never compromise with their holy blood,” he added. (CNS)

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