Srinagar: A dreaded Hizbul Mujahideen militant wanted in connection with last month`s shooting incidents here, was gunned down in a police encounter in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Friday.
"Shamim Ahmad Soda alias Rizwan, a resident of Pattan, was killed in an orchard at village Poshwani, about 30 kms from here, after he refused to surrender and opened fire on a police search party," Viplav Kumar, senior SP Baramulla said.
He said a police party had reached the village following a tip off on Soda wanted in connection with three separate firing incidents in the heart of Srinagar at Regal Chowk, Batmaloo and Lal Chowk in which three CRPF personnel and a policeman were killed.
Soda was also involved in grenade attacks at Batmaloo last month leaving 25 people, including five securitymen, injured.
"Soda was a sharp shooter and was also wanted in connection with two grenade attacks on security forces in Pattan area last month," he said.
Terming the killing of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant as a "prize catch", the SSP said Soda was a very old militant and was arrested in 2006. However, he again resorted to militancy after his release in 2007.
When the police encircled the orchard and asked him to surrender, he opened fire in an attempt to break the police cordon and was killed in the retaliatory action, they said adding the operation lasted for just 30 minutes.
An AK rifle, four magazines and two hand grenades were recovered from him today, Kumar said.
The operation to track down his other associates who were involved in the firing incidents is on, the sources said.