Two encounters leave three militants, Army man dead in South Kashmir
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CRPF personnel wounded in Kulgam gunfight, scores injured in clashes

Two encounters leave three militants, Army man dead in South Kashmir
 | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, November 27 (KNO) : Three militants affiliated with LeT and Ansar Ghazwatul Hind and one Army man were killed in two different encounters in southern districts on Tuesday. The encounters broke following the credible inputs about the presence of militants in Kulgam district and Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said, adding that three militants were killed in the gunfights who were affiliated with LeT and Ansar Ghazwatul Hind. Two personnel from Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) also got injured in one of the encounter, police said "Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Redwani area of district Kulgam, a cordon and search operation was launched in the midnight jointly by Police and security forces in the area," police said as per KNO correspondent. Police spokesman said that as the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants, saying that the fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. "In the initial exchange of fire, one soldier of 01 RR sustained injuries. He was evacuated to the hospital where he succumbed. Besides, two personnel of 163 Bn CRPF  sustained minor injuries in the encounter," he said, adding that in the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed whose bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. Police identified the two militants as Ajaz Ahmad Makroo, son of Late Ghulam Rasool Makroo, resident of Qaimoh and Waris Ahmad Malik, son of Bashir Ahmad, resident of Arwani. "As per police records both the militants were affiliated with LeT and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities," police said. "Ajaz Makroo as per police records had a long history of crime records since 2017. He was a close associate of militant commanders Naveed Jat and Azad Dada. Several cases were registered against him and the prominent among them include FIR No. 60/2016, FIR No. 45/2017, FIR No. 100/2017, FIR No. 10/2018, FIR No. 13/2018 registered at Police Station Kulgam. Similarly, Waris was also figured in several terror crimes cases," police spokesman said. Similarly, a militant affiliated with Zakir Musa led group was also killed in Tral encounter today. Police said that cordon and search operation was launched jointly by Police and security forces early morning hours today based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Hafoo Reshipora area of Tral. "As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight," police said, adding that in the ensuing encounter, one militants was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. Moreover, the slain militant was identified as Shakir Hassan Dar, son of Ghulam Hassan Dar, resident of Rathsuna Tral. "He was a part of Zakir Musa group and had a long history of crime records since 2015. He was wanted by law for his complicity in series of terror crimes including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities," police said. "Police has separately registered a case in both encounters. Huge quantity of arms and ammunition including rifles were recovered from the encounter sites at Tral and Kulgam. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and probe their complicity in other cases," he said. Police later appealed people not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. "People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any," he said. Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of slain militants. As soon as the body of slain militant Shakir Ahmad Dar, reached his native village Rathsuna in Tral, thousands of mourners from adjoining and far-off places converged there to participate in his last rites. Multiple rounds of funeral prayers were held for the slain militant, who was active from last more than three years. Later on, slain militant was laid to rest in martyrs graveyard at Rathsuna Tral. Meanwhile, clashes erupted between youth and forces  near gunfight sites today during which scores of people sustained injuries who were either taken to the hospital for treatment or were treated locally.(KNO)