Militant who had joined Hizb this year, killed, associate held alive in Dialgam

Two encounters going on in Shopian, three soldiers injured

Srinagar, April 1: A militant was killed and another was “apprehended” alive in an overnight gunfight at Dialgam village of Anantnag district while two separate gunfights were going on in another southern Kashmir district, Shopian on Sunday.

SSP Anantnag Altaf Khan said that a joint team of police, army’s 19 and CRPF launched a cordon at Brunty Dialgam village during the intervening night of March 31/ April 1.

As the joint team approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire and triggering off an encounter, SSP said.

“One militant Rouf Bashir Khanday was killed and another militant Imran Rashid has been captured alive during the operation,” SSP said.

Rouf Ahmad Khanday Son of Bashir Ahmad Khanday, a resident of Dehruna village of Dooru Anantnag had announced his joining Hizb ul Mujahideen and his photographs wielding Ak 47 went viral in last week of March. The photograph had his code name Umar Hayat and joining “active date” 4/02/2018.

The picture also depicted that he was a graduate (B.A) and 15 chapters (Paras) of Quran ‘Hafiz’.

Official sources said that Imran surrendered amid the operation.

Meanwhile, two separate encounters are going on in Shopian district and three soldiers were injured.

Official sources said that two encounters started late last night at Dragad village and Kachdora. Army’s 44 RR, 3 RR, 34 RR, SOG, and CRPF are part of the operation at both the places.

Two soldiers were injured at Kachdora while another was injured at Dragad. All of them have been evacuated to military hospital.

SSP Shopian Shriram Ambardar said that nothing can be said except that encounters are going on at two places (Dragad village and Kachdoora village).GNS

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