Militants keep coming to city: Police
A militant affiliated with Islamic State Jammu Kashmir (ISJK) and a CRPF man were killed in a gunfight in Srinagar city, Police said Friday.
The gunfight between the militants and the forces broke out at Malbagh area of the city following an extensive cordon and search operation, a Police officer said.
The operation against the militant was launched at around 10:30 pm on Thursday by Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police and paramilitary CRPF after intelligence inputs confirmed the presence of the militant in the area, he said.
As the search operation was underway, the militant opened fire at the forces, who retaliated, triggering a gunfight in which the militant was killed and a CRPF man from its Quick Action Team was injured, the officer said.
The militant’s body was recovered from the site of the gunfight while the injured CRPF man was evacuated to Army's 92 Base Hospital where he succumbed to injuries.
The killed militant was identified as Zahid Ahmad Dass son of Ghulam Muhammad Dass of Waghama, Bijbehara who was affiliated with ISJK outfit, a Police spokesman said.
He said the killed CRPF man was identified as the Head Constable, Kuldeep Kumar.
Police claimed that Dass was also involved in the recent attack on June 26 in Padshahi Bagh area of Bijbehara, Anantnag in which a CRPF personnel and a 6-year-old child were killed.
Soon after the attack, Police had also released a photo of Dass of ISJK and said an FIR was registered against the militant by name.
He had escaped from a gunfight on June 30 in Anantnag in which two militants of ISJK were killed, Police said.
The body of the killed militant, after completion of medico-legal formalities, was sent to Handwara for his burial and last rites.
Police allowed the family members of Dass to participate in his last rites at Handwara.
With the killing of one more militant, the militant death toll this year has reached 119.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said that five ISJK militants were working under Dass and three of them had been already killed in gunfights.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a wreath laying ceremony of the killed CRPF man here, he said it does not mean that militants were not present in any district where gunfights do not take place.
“Militants hide everywhere. They keep changing their locations,” Kumar said.
The IGP Kashmir said the militants were coming to Srinagar city frequently for medical treatment, for receiving funds or for meetings.
“Srinagar city is not militancy free," Kumar said.