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BLOOD SOAKED WEDNESDAY: Four cops, two militants killed

BLOOD SOAKED WEDNESDAY: Four cops, two militants killed
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Srinagar: Four policemen were killed in an attack by militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Wednesday just hours after two militants were killed, including a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, in an encounter in Anantnag district.
“Militants in the afternoon fired indiscriminately upon a police party at Arhama in district Shopian. Four policemen sustained gunshot wounds and were evacuated to a nearby hospital for medical attention,” a police spokesman said.
All the four injured succumbed to injuries, he added.
“The slain policemen were identified as Constable Ishfaq Ahmad Mir, Constable Javaid Ahmad Bhat, Constable Mohammad Iqbal Mir and SPO Adil Manzoor Bhat,” he said adding case was registered and investigations initiated in the matter.
The deceased were part of the security detail of an officer and had gone to get a police vehicle repaired when the attack took place, an official said.
The incident came hours after security forces killed two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen including a top commander, Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Kachroo, in a gunbattle at Muniward in Anantnag district.
A police spokesman in Srinagar said that militants in the afternoon hours fired indiscriminately upon a police party at Arhama in district Shopian.
“In this incident four cops sustained gunshot wounds and were evacuated to nearby hospital for medical attention. However, all the four injured policemen succumbed to their injuries,” a police spokesman said.
Meanwhile, to pay homage to the four police personnel, a wreath laying ceremony was held at District Police Lines Shopian.
Civil and police officers led by Director General of Police J&K S.P Vaid laid floral wreaths on the mortal remains and paid rich tributes to the slain cops.
Meanwhile, two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a senior commander, Altaf Kachroo were killed in a gunfight with government forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday. The encounter lead to severe clashes in the area leaving dozens injured.
The gunfight according to reports broke out around 5 am in Muniward area near Khanabal area of the district after forces launched a search operation.
An official said the militants hiding in a house opened fire on the forces, triggering a gunfight.
“In the ensuing gunfight that lasted for several hours, two militants were killed,” he said.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that forces jointly launched search operation today early morning at Muniward area of Khanabal in district Islamabad.
He said that during the searches, militants fired on the search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
“In the ensuing encounter two militants were killed. The killed militants were identified as Altaf Ahmad Dar @Kachroo @ Moin of Hawoora Mishipora and Umar Rashid Wani of Khudwani Kulgam,” he said.
“Altaf Ahmed Dar @ Kachroo @ Moin son of Late Ghulam Mohammad Dar was currently operating as a one of the most important militant commander of proscribed militant outfit HM. He had a long history of criminal records since 2007,” the spokesman said.
“Considered as a long time surviving militant in the area, he was involved in series of militant crimes in the area. He was involved in several attacks on the security forces and killings of civilians and policemen in the area,” the police spokesperson said.
“Several cases were registered against him in different police stations across the valley for his militant activities. Some of the prominent cases include rifle snatching from policemen at Yaripora BSNL Tower. FIR No 208/7 under section 307, RPC, 7/27, Arms Act; FIR No 226/2010 under section 20 ULA (P) Act; FIR No 239/2010 under section 307,RPC 7/27 Arms Act; FIR No 15/2010 under section 307, 392 RPC 7/25 Arms Act in PS Yaripora; FIR No 21/2011 under section 7/25 Arms Act P/S Zadibal Srinagar; FIR No 174/15 under section 307, 392 RPC , 7/25 Arms Act PS Kulgam etc.”
“Pertinently during the 2016 unrest he along with Yasin Itoo @Gaznavi played a major role in instigating people,” he added.
“Umar Rashid Wani son of Abdul Rashid Wani resident of Khudwani Kulgam became active since last year. He was involved in many civilian atrocities and attacks on security establishments. He was also involved in killing of policemen at Islamabad. Further, in Srinagar city Umar had carried an attack on CRPF and also escaped from the recent Batmaloo encounter site,” the police spokesperson said.
He said that several cases were registered against him including 145/17 under section 302, 7/27 Arms Act of Police Station Islamabad in which two JKP cops were martyred and 173/18 under section 302, 307, 34 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 ULA of Police Station Batamaloo. Though this group was a part of HM module they had worked in close coordination with other proscribed militant outfits.
“Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of the encounter,” he said.
The spokesperson said that police has registered a case in this regard and the investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.
Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the last rites of slain militants. A group of militants emerged during the funeral prayers of Hizb commander Altaf Ahmed Kachroo and fired couple of rounds in air amid pro-freedom slogans.

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