Two ultras, cop killed in 12-hour Tral encounter

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Mar 2017 08:44:59


SRINAGAR,

Mar 5,

(PTI),

One of the militants was a Hizbul Mujahideen operative identified as Aaquib Bhat, the other
militant, Saif-ul-lah alias Osama, was a Pakistani terrorist working with Jaish-e-Mohammed Army Major identified as R Reshi also suffered a bullet injury

TWO militants and a policeman were killed in a fierce gunbattle at Tral in south Kashmir which lasted for nearly 12 hours.


One of the militants was a Hizbul Mujahideen operative identified as Aaquib Bhat, popularly known as Aaquib Maulvi, who was active in the area for the last three years. The other militant, Saif-ul-lah alias Osama, was a Pakistani terrorist working with Jaish-e-Mohammed, official sources said.


A police constable, Manzoor Ahmed Niak of Uri, was also killed after he took on the militants head on during the operation which began at 7 PM on Saturday night and continued till 6.30 AM, officials said. A holed-up Bhat had called his father in the wee hours of the morning and bid his final goodbye to him, they said. He was a local resident and his ancestral house was at Hyena in Tral area itself. Security forces had received an input about the presence of two militants in the residence of a carpenter after which police, Army and CRPF threw a cordon around it. The first contact was established with the militants at around 7 PM and after that there was an intermittent exchange of fire.


Tral town, which had shot into prominence because of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, was tense and people had started pouring on to the streets to try and provide an escape for the holed-up militants.


Stones were hurled at the security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations but the situation was brought under control by police and CRPF who chased the mob away, officials said. Strict restrictions were imposed in the area over the movement of people. During these clashes, some of the miscreants snatched an INSAS rifle of a CRPF official.


An Army Major identified as R Reshi suffered a bullet injury and was rushed to the base hospital where his condition was stated to be out of danger now. “Manzoor was a brave soldier of the special operations group of J&K police and fought gallantly. This operation was conducted in a very professional manner with minimum loss,” DGP, J&K Police, S P Vaid said. “Both the terrorists, including a foreign one, have been eliminated,” he added. (DGP) S P Vaid said counter-insurgency operation will continue till the time all the militants are killed in Kashmir Valley.


“Counter-insurgency operation will continue till the time all the militants are killed in Kashmir Valley. We will bring peace to the Valley,” Vaid told reporters after paying tributes to a police constable.
Tearful adieu to constable killed in Tral encounter: JAMMU and Kashmir Police personnel on Sunday bid a tearful adieu to constable Manzoor Ahmad, who was killed during the assault against militants holed up in a house in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday.


A wreath laying ceremony was held for the constable, hailing from Uri area of Baramulla district, at District Police Lines here, a police official said.
Besides top police officials, Education Minister Altaf Bukhari laid wreath on Naik’s coffin which was draped in Tricolor, the official said. “Naik was part of the assault team which led the gunbattle at Tral, in which two terrorists, including one from Pakistan, were killed,” the official said.


The slain constable is survived by a four-year-old son and wife who is pregnant.