Srinagar, Apr 29: A bullet-riddled body of a militant was recovered few meters away from an encounter site in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Friday morning.
A police official told news agency GNS that a brief gunfight broke out last evening at Pir Mohalla area of Kanthpora in Lolab with hiding militants and the joint team of army’s 28 RR and police’s SOG.
“The militant who was holed up in a mosque since last night believed to have escaped during an encounter at Gujjarpati (B) hamlet of Putshahi on April 21 was killed in the shootout. Already, three of his associates have been killed in the encounter that occurred on April 21,” he said. Sources said the slain militant was already injured on April 21 and now had taken shelter in the local mosque.
The officer said that last evening, when the forces intensified the combing operations near the suspected area, the militant tried to break the military cordon. “In the initial exchange of fire, the militant managed to give slip to the joint team of forces in the injured condition. The search operation which was immediately launched was hampered by the locals of the area by resorting to stone-pelting on forces,” he said.
However, he said, today morning the joint team of forces used sniffer dogs and launched the massive searches after locating blood stains of the injured militant. Later the forces recovered militant’s body which was lying near the local graveyard of the area, he said.
Meanwhile, the protests in the area raged for the second day on Friday after locals learned about the militant’s death. Amid pro-freedom slogans the body of the slain was taken into procession towards a local graveyard where thousands attend his funeral. The militant was later laid to rest. Sources said clashes and protests raged in several areas of the Lolab including Kathpora, Cherkote and Lalpora.