Tral Army Clash: Mistaken Identity or Fret?



Army during an encounter in South Kashmir. Pic: Bilal Bahadur
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Behind Tuesday evening’s fire clash between two army units at Noorpora Tral, said an army official, there was a tip-off that a group led by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan was to move through the area.

A unit of 42 Rashtriya Rifles was out of barracks and had laid an ambush near an orchard at Noorpora following intelligence input. They were quietly waiting for their supposed hunt.

It was then a separate sub-unit of the 42 RR showed up at the ambush site. “The ambush party thought that militants have arrived on spot in fatigues and started firing,” the official said.

Notably, Burhan group had recently released a video on internet, showing them wearing army uniform, training inside forest area in south Kashmir.

As the ambush party opened fire on the passing unit, two army men, NK Mohan Boro and Sepoy Lal Chanhlima Ghatak, died on spot and the other two were injured.

After the incident, one army official termed the incident “a case of mistaken identity”. Another chose to describe it “a rare incident of its kinds”. But the locals believe the incident happened out of fret of home-grown Hizb guerrillas.

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