Hizb Militant, soldier killed in Kulgam gunfight

Slain militant an engineer graduate; Hideout busted in Tral forests; Mobile internet suspended in south, north Kashmir

BK Correspondent/Kulgam
November 15, 2017 0 Comments TOP STORIES 63 Views
Hizb Militant, soldier killed in Kulgam gunfight

In a fierce gun battle between government forces and militants in Nowbug Kund area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, a militant and a soldier were killed while a cop associated with Special Operation Group sustained injuries.
A police official said that Nowbug Kund area in Qazigund was cordoned off after receiving information about the presence of militants in the area. The militants fired upon search party when it approached towards a house triggering encounter.
The official said that militants managed to change their positions from time and time while government forces sealed all the exit routes.
During the fierce gun fight, a militant belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba was killed. He added that a cop and a soldier sustained injuries. The soldier later on succumbed to their injuries.
Sources added that some of the militants managed to escape from the encounter.
A police official identified the slain militant as Muzamil Manzoor, a resident of Bardoo Yaripora Kulgam
Reports from Laam forests of Tral town of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district said that government forces busted a hideout and recovered some blankets from there.
A police official said that no exchange of fire was their between militants and the government forces. “It was a search operation during which a hideout was busted,” he said.
Authorities suspended rail service in North and internet service in twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag.
A Railway official said that rail service was suspended due to security reasons in North Kashmir where two local militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were killed in an encounter with government forces on Monday evening.
However, trains continued to chug from Budgam-Srinagar to Anantnag and Qazigund to Banihal, a senior railway official said.
All trains on this route ran as per schedule, he added.
Meanwhile, mobile internet of all cellular companies, including BSNL, was suspended as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours in south Kashmir, where two encounters are going on between militants and security forces since early Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, mobile internet services remained suspended since Monday evening in Kupawra and Baramulla for security reasons.
Officials said the authorities have directed all cellular companies to suspend mobile internet services in entire south Kashmir to prevent spread of any rumour on social media. But, suspension of the facility has led to more rumours.
The directions were issued by the authorities after encounter ensued between militants and security forces at two places in south Kashmir — Naubugh in Qazigund in Kulgam and Tral in Pulwama.
They said mobile internet remained suspended in north Kashmir district of Kupwara, where two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed in an encounter on Monday evening. One of the militant was a resident of Sopore and another Palhalan Pattan in Baramulla district, where internet services also remained suspended since Monday evening for security reasons.
The authorities have in the past also suspended internet services on several occasions in the valley for security reasons.
However, the government has come under severe criticism over it from all the sections of the society in the valley, besides Press Council of India (PCI).
The mobile internet services for post-paid connections was suspended for about five months last year following violence triggered by the death of HM commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year. Similarly, mobile internet services for prepaid connections were restored in Kashmir on January 27, six months after they were suspended.
Meanwhile, the telecast of news on local cable channels in the Valley remained banned since 2010, when there were massive protest during which more than 120 people, mostly youths, were killed in security force and police firing in the Valley. The authorities had also directed bureaucrats and other officers not to participate in any political debate on local cable channels.

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