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Jammu3 Hizbul militants killed, 7 protestors die onsite clashes

3 Hizbul militants killed, 7 protestors die onsite clashes


Srinagar, Dec 15

In a big win for , security forces gunned down three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including Army Jawan-turned-militant Zahoor Thakor, in an encounter in Pulwama's Sirnoo village in and on Saturday. A soldier was also martyred in the gunfight. However, seven protestors were killed and several injured in police firing after clashes broke following the encounter in Pulwama in Kashmir.
The encounter broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning as the army, the police and the CRPF jointly launched the operation after receiving information about the presence of three local militants in an orchard, reports said quoting police sources.
One of the protestors killed during the clashes has been identified as Abid Hussain, who was an MBA graduate and had returned from Indonesia only a month ago with his Indonesian wife reports said. Another protested killed has been identified as Amir Ahmad.
As per news agency, both Amir and Abid had sustained gunshot injuries and were declared brought dead at a district hospital. Four other civilians who were rushed to the hospital succumbed to their injuries later, hospital authorities said. Meanwhile, the seventh civilian protester breathed his last at a hospital in Srinagar, police said. At least 35 civilians were injured in the clashes, reports said, according to news agencies.
Following the clashes that resulted in the deaths of civilians, authorities have imposed a curfew in Pulwama town and have tightened security to maintain law and order in the area. Mobile internet services have been suspended in the district, the news agency responded. The rail services between the Kashmir Valley and Bannihal town in the Jammu region were also cancelled.
Confirming that three militants were killed in the encounter, police in its statements said, “Bodies were handed over to the legal heirs after completion of medico-legal formalities,” adding that one of the killed militants has been identified as Zahoor Ahmad Thoker, son of Abdul Majid Thoker resident of Sirnoo Pulwama. Pertinently, Zahoor had deserted from Army last year and joined HM. He was a known militant commander and was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of unlawful activities.
Police also said several cases were registered against him and the prominent among them are case FIR No. 37/2018 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 I.A.Act P/S Rajpora, Case FIR No. 105/2018 U/S ¾ Exp Sub Act, 427 RPC, 3 P.P.T Act P/S Pulwama, Case FIR No. 124/2018 U/S 7/27 I.A. Act, 148,336,149,307 RPC P/S Pulwama, Case FIR No. 128/2018 U/S ¾ Exp Sub Act 307 RPC P/S Pulwama, Case FIR No. 139/2018 U/S 307 RPC 7/25 ULA of P/S Pulwama pertaining to the killing of policemen Aqib Ahmad Wagay of Puchal Pulwama.
Police has registered a case in the matter. “Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered from the site of encounter have been taken in case records for further investigation and probe their complicity in other cases,” the statement reads.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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