Professor, among 5 militants, killed in Shopian encounter

Howard TerryMay 06, 2018

Five militants including a Kashmir University teacher who went missing last week, were killed on Sunday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, police said.

"The encounter has concluded at Badigam-Zainpora in Shopian. Well done boys - Army/CRPF/J&K Police", the DGP tweeted.

Bhat's involvement with militancy began sometime late afternoon Friday and ended after he was trapped in a security forces cordon at Badigam in Shopian late Saturday night, making him an ultra with possibly the shortest active time in militancy in the state.

Interestingly one of the five militants trapped in the encounter and now killed was an assistant professor of the sociology department of Kashmir University.

The encounter took place a day after three militants were killed in an encounter in Srinagar and a civilian protestor was run over and killed by a police vehicle, during the protests. A local youth was also killed when hit by a police "bunker vehicle" during a stone-pelting incident at nearby Noor Bagh. Speaking to ANI, SSP Shailendra Mishra said,"We appealed to them (terrorists) to surrender but continuous firing from inside is underway, can not confirm the number of terrorists yet".

Army's 23 Para Commandos, 34 RR, 3 RR, CRPF, and SOG were rushed as reinforcements after the contact with militants was established.

Mr Bhat was reportedly meeting Hizbul commander, Saddam Padder, when security forces launched the operation.

Meanwhile, police used motivating methods to pursue militants to surrender but it is said they refused the offer and the gunfight ensued. The injured were shifted to 92 base military hospitals in Badami Bagh Srinagar. However, the terrorists did not stop fir and responded with bullets, injuring an Army jawan and a policeman. "Of them, five have succumbed to injuries", the official said.

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