Three militants shot in Srinagar, police car runs over youth

Written by Naveed Iqbal | Srinagar | Published: May 6, 2018 5:02:32 am

A woman inspects her damaged house, where the militants hid out during the encounter in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI

In an encounter that lasted six hours, three militants were killed and an assistant commandant of the CRPF injured in Chattabal area of Srinagar city on Saturday. As protests broke out in the area after the encounter, a 22-year-old civilian, Adil Ahmad Yadoo, was crushed by a police vehicle. While the state government said the “mowing down of the youngster looks deliberate”, the J&K Police called it an “accident”, and said it had initiated proceedings against the driver of the vehicle, a bullet-proof bunker.

Police identified the three militants as belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and said they had launched a cordon and search operation in the Chattabal area at 4 am on Saturday, following leads. “The hiding terrorists fired upon the joint search party,” the police said, resulting in the encounter.

Two of the killed militants were identified as Fayaz Ahmad Hamal and Showkat Tak, both locals. Hamal belonged to Khanqah in downtown Srinagar and, police said, had links with militants before formally joining the LeT in April 2017. Tak, from Pulwama, was reportedly an “A++” category militant, and a district…

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