Pulwama Gunfight: One militant body recovered, says Police

Srinagar

Police on Saturday said that only one body of a militant was recovered from the gunfight site in Thamna village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district while two others believed to be dead managed to give a slip to the government forces.

Director General of Police SP Vaid had last evening said that three militants were killed in the gunfight.

The slain has been identified as Sajad Ahmad Shah son of Ali Mohammad Shah, a resident of Gund, Chogul, Handwara, Kupwara.

The other militants believed to be two in number have managed to break the military cordon while taking the advantage of clashes in the area, officials said.

A police spokesperson in a statement said that pursuing credible leads regarding the presence of militants in Thamna village of Pulwama, a joint patrol of the security forces yesterday launched searches in the afternoon inside the village.

“As the searches were in progress and security forces advanced towards the suspected house, militants hiding inside fired upon the joint patrol of security forces leading to an encounter,” he said.

During the encounter, the militants initially took few civilians hostage inside the house who were however safely evacuated by the Security Forces, he said.

Initial information suggested the presence of three militants inside the house but as the final search was carried out, a lone body of a militant was recovered, he said.

Apparently, the other hiding militants managed to escape from the spot after making indiscriminate fire around the site of the encounter, he said.

“In the incident, five civilians got injured in the cross firing and were evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment where unfortunately one succumbed to his injuries though others are stated to be stable now,” he said.

“In the encounter, the slain was identified as Sajad Ahmad Shah of Gund, Chogul, Handwara. The slain was affiliated with LeT. He was involved in a number of attacks on the security establishments and civilian atrocities,” the spokesperson said.

Rifle and ammunition were also seized from the site of the encounter, he said.

“Police have registered a case in this regard and further investigation is going on, the spokesperson added.

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