The police on Saturday recovered the body of a third militant of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind near the Khonmoh encounter site in Srinagar. In a separate incident, a youth involved in snatching of a service rifle from a policeman has joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in south Kashmir.
A police official said the body was found by the bomb disposal squad from the debris of the house razed during the gunfight on Thursday. “The slain militant has been identified as Hamas, a foreigner,” said the police.
A total of three militants of the Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind were killed in the operation. The recovery of the body sparked fresh protests in Pulwama, as protesters clashed with security forces at Balhama-Panthahowk. One youth was injured after being hit by a stone.
Meanwhile, militants fired upon the vehicle of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Shopian, Sriram Ambarkar, at Hajipora on Saturday. The police officer escaped unhurt as the vehicle was bulletproof.
5 youth joins Jaish
One of the five youths involved in snatching of the service rifle from a policeman on January 25 has joined the JeM in Pulwama, according to the police. “The vehicle used for commissioning of the offence by the group of militants have been seized. There are clinching evidences against all the accused. Four involved youth from Pulwama have been arrested. However, another youth, Shahid Ahmad, is on the run,” said the police.
The police said Ahmad has joined the JeM outfit. The group of militants fired upon policeman Kultar Singh, posted at the Char-i-Sharief shrine in Budgam, on January 25 and snatched his rifle. The policeman later died in the hospital.