Srinagar: A militant, believed to have been
killed in the gun battle at Chinkipora in Sopore, on Wednesday emerged
alive from the debris and began firing on security personnel
searching for the bodies of slain ultras, injuring a jawan but
was shot dead in retaliatory fire.
The militant, who is yet to be identified, was killed as
the security forces fired back after he began firing
indiscriminately on them, official sources said.
Earlier, body of a militant was recovered from the
rubbles of three houses that were destroyed in the gun battle
"Body of an unidentified militant and a weapon was
recovered from the debris of the houses earlier today", police
Terming the heap of rubble at the scene of the
encounter as huge, they said it may take days even for the
machines to remove it.
The operation to retrieve the bodies of the militants,
who were said to have been killed in the day-long gun battle
yesterday, resumed this morning.
Three army men, including a captain, were killed in the
gun battle with the militants hiding in three houses at
Chinkipora, 55 kms from here, yesterday.
The deceased army personnel were identified as Captain
Davinder Singh Jass, Naik Selva Kumar and Paratrooper Imtiyaz
Ahmad Thokar of first Para.
Besides, a civilian identified as Ramiaz Ahmad Malla, who
was hit by a stray bullet while being evacuated from the
scene, is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar.
The gun battle had started on Monday night when security
forces got information about the presence of Lashker-e-Toiba,
Hizbul Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen militants in
Chinkipora, a heavily congested area of Sopore town.
The militants suspected to have been killed included
Basharat of Hizbul Mujahideen and Noman and Hamza of
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Sallahuddin of LeT and a local militant