Srinagar: Four more Hizb Mujahideen were martyred in a fierce gun-battle with the Indian occupational forces in Shopian district on Monday, a day after five mujahideen of the same group weremartyred in a similar encounter with the occupatioinal forces in the south Kashmir district on Sunday.
Around midnight, Indian occupational special operations group (SOG) of police and 44 RR of army, assisted by paramilitary CRPF 14th battalion laid a siege around village Pinjora of Shopian and started a search operation amid intelligence reports suggesting presence of mujahideen in the area, indian police said today. When the joint team intensified search operation, the mujahideen present in the village opened fire upon them in a bid to break the cordon and escape from the besieged area.
The occupational forces joint team, police said returned the fire setting off a massive gun-battle. In the ensuing encounter, four mujahideen associated with Hizbul Mujahideen were martyred.
Police said that the bodies of mujahideen have been sent to Baramulla for last rites and asked the families of the mujahideen to identify the bodies. If identified, police said, the families can associate in burial and last rites as per religious practices.
Meanwhile, the residents said that three houses also suffered damages in the gunfight that lasted for over four-hours. A cow was also killed in the exchange of fire.
According to the locals, all the mujahideen were residents of various areas of the Shopian district.
This is the second encounter in Shopian district in the past 24 hours.
Five Hizbul Mujahideen youth, including a commander, were martyred in a gun battle in the district’s Reban area on Sunday.