Pulwama gunfight ends; Slain militant identified


Srinagar: The militant slain in Ratnipora gunfight on Tuesday has been identified as Hilal Ahmad slias Ukasha, a resident of Gandibagh Kakapora in Pulwama district. Hilal was affiliated with militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad.

A police official said that two army personnel including a commando were also killed in the gunfight while another has suffered injuries.

Local sources said that two militants have reportedly escaped from the gunfight site.

The gunfight erupted after a joint team of army’s 50 RR, 10 Para, Jammu and Kashmir Police and other paramilitary forces laid siege to the area and started search operation. The operation, officials said, was launched after specific inputs about the presence of militants.

The official said that as the cordon was tightened around the suspected house, the hiding militants fired at the forces leaving three personnel injured. The injured were shifted to army’s 92 base hospital at Badamibagh in Srinagar. “Two of them including the commando succumbed due to critical injuries,” he said.

The slain have been identified as Sepoy Baljeet Singh and Naik Saneed of 10 Para while the injured has been identified as Hawaldar Chander Pal.

Intense clashes erupted in the area following the gunfight. “Local youths took to streets and pelted government forces with stones who retaliated using tear smoke shells and pellet fires,” reports said.

The authorities also snapped the mobile internet services in the district while train services on Srinagar-Banihal track also remained suspended.