Shopian Encounter: Slain Militant was a Highly Qualified Government Official

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A day after army released a report wherein it was mentioned that post-2010, highly educated youth joining militancy in Kashmir is a “very disturbing” trend, another militant with MA English B.Ed qualification (besides a government official) from south Kashmir’s Shopian district was killed in an encounter on Wednesday.

Ashiq Hussain Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar, a resident of Turkewangam village was killed in an encounter in Heff village of Shopian district early morning.

Sources said that Ashiq was selected as VLW in May 2014 and he joined militant ranks in August 2014 after working for three months as a government official.

Highly qualified Ashiq, according to local sources had also applied for jobs in the departments of Education, Revenue, CAPD and Horticulture and he was selected in all the departments. But instead joining the services, he had joined militancy and could not join.

24-year-old Ashiq was known as a religious youth in the area.

The encounter was going on till the reports last came in.

The encounter began yesterday after government forces received specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Heff Shermal area of Shopian.

As the joint team of SOG and army began a search operation in the area, the hiding militants opened fire on them triggering an encounter.

The operation was halted for the night but the gunfight resumed this morning and a militant was gunned down in the early hours.

Forces believe that one more militant is still trapped and the firing was going on.

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