LeT militant from Downtown, two associates killed in Srinagar encounter

Teenage youth killed after SOG vehicle allegedly ran over him in Safa Kadal, video goes viral

Srinagar, May 4 : Three militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Chattabal area of Srinagar city on Saturday. A teenage youth was also killed after a forces’ vehicle allegedly ran over him in Safa Kadal area during the clashes.

IGP Kashmir SP Pani said three militants have been killed and their identity and group affiliation is being ascertained.  He said one of the slain militants has been identified as Fayaz Ahmad Hamal of Fateh Kadal in Downtown Srinagar.

Besides 3 AK rifles, a large quantity of arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site, he said.

A police spokesperson in a statement issued here said that on the basis of the materials recovered from the site, it is found that the slain militants belonged to LeT.

AK 47 rifles, magazines, UBGL, UBGL Grenades, Grenades, Wirecutter, Medical Kit and matrix sheets were recovered from the encounter site, he said.

 Sources said that three paramilitary CRPF personnel were injured in the encounter and have been hospitalized.

Soon after the encounter, the youth took to streets and clashed with police and paramilitary CRPF at Noor Bagh, Malik Sahib Safa Kadal, Cement Kadal and near Chattabal.

All these areas are in the immediate periphery of the area where the encounter started.

A civilian was killed at Noorbagh after the vehicle (Wanton) of police’s SOG department allegedly ran over him during clashes near Cement Kadal in Safa Kadal – the area adjoining the site of encounter.

Locals alleged that the youth Adil Ahmad Yadoo of Safa Kadal was injured critically after the SOG vehicle ran over him near Cement Kadal and was declared brought dead on arrival by the doctors at SMHS.

Meanwhile, a purported video of the incident showing youth falling down after being rammed by police vehicle has gone viral.

The locals and the netizens condemned the police for “deliberately” killing the youth.

Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Adil Ahmad. Later, they took the coffin in a procession amid pro-freedom slogans to martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah where he was laid to rest.

Meanwhile, police handed over the body of slain militant to his family for last rites.

The encounter ensued after SOG and CRPF launched a joint cordon-and-search-operation at Gasi Mohalla in Chattabal following specific inputs about the presence of some militants.

The authorities suspended internet in entire Srinagar district as soon as the gunfight broke out early Saturday. (GNS)

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