Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, together with divisional commander Junaid Ashraf Khan, have been killed in a gun battle with safety forces at Nawakadal in Srinagar’s previous quarters on Tuesday.
Khan is the youngest son of senior separatist chief and Tahreek-e-Hurriyat chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Khan alias Sehrai.
This was the primary gun battle between safety forces and militants within the metropolis’s previous quarters prior to now two years. The presence of militants within the space is being seen because the re-emergence of militancy within the densely populated a part of Srinagar.
Police mentioned a joint operation was launched within the space late on Monday evening by police and CRPF following a particular tipoff in regards to the presence of militants.
The operation started at round midnight when safety forces encircled a cluster of homes within the neighbourhood. Native residents mentioned they heard an alternate of fireside at round midnight. The alternate of fireside resumed on Tuesday morning and the gun battle ended at round 1 pm, when troops recovered two our bodies from a home that was blasted throughout the combating.
Jammu and Kashmir’s director common of police Dilbag Singh mentioned each militants have been locals. “We have now recognized the terrorists as Junaid Ashraf Khan, who’s from Srinagar, and Tariq Ashraf Sheikh from Pulwama. Junaid is the youthful son of Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Khan. He joined militancy two years in the past,” he mentioned.
Singh instructed a information convention that Khan was working within the 4 districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama and Shopian. “His affiliate had joined militancy solely in March,” he added.
Khan was allegedly concerned in additional than half a dozen legal instances, assaults on safety forces and issuing threats to civilians, Singh mentioned. “He was working because the divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen for central Kashmir, together with Pulwama and Shopian,” he mentioned.
Singh mentioned safety forces are attempting to maintain Srinagar as peaceable as attainable, however enemies make makes an attempt to disturb the peace. “A lot of the grenade assaults within the metropolis have been linked to the Hizbul Mujahideen. We arrested 12 folks and busted modules, which have been attempting to assault the town,” he mentioned.
Singh mentioned Khan was being tracked by the safety forces for a lot of days and the operation was launched on Monday after officers acquired a particular enter in regards to the presence of militants within the space.
Cell web companies throughout Srinagar have been suspended and voice calls of all service suppliers aside from BSNL have been snapped throughout the operation. Strict restrictions have been imposed within the space due to fears that the killing of the militants might set off clashes within the previous quarters of the town.
For the reason that starting of the Covid-19 lockdown in late March, there was surge in gun battles and high Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo was just lately killed with an affiliate at Beighpora Gulzapora. The safety forces had described his demise as a giant success and a setback for the Hizbul Mujahideen. Khan was the second high Hizb commander to be killed in Kashmir in current days.
After the killing of Naikoo, the Hizb had introduced the names of three new commanders, together with Ghazi Haider, who was named the group’s new operational chief.
Khan had joined militancy in March 2018 after he went lacking from his home in Srinagar. Later, he posted an image of himself holding a gun on social media and introduced he was becoming a member of the Hizbul Mujahideen. The identical yr, his father Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, 74, changed Ali Shah Geelani because the chief of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Khan had carried out his MBA from Kashmir College earlier than becoming a member of militancy.