SRINAGAR – A teenage Mujahid of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit was Martyred on Tuesday in a gunfight with Occupational forces in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
According to reports, Occupational army, special operations group (SOG) of police and CRPF laid a cordon around Sail village in Awantipora after receiving inputs about the presence of a week-old Mujahid Shahid Nazir of Arwani in the area. The government forces, reports said made announcements through public address system asking the lone Mujahid to surrender. Nazir’s family were also brought to the spot by police to persuade him from laying down his arms.
However, paying no heed to the surrender offer, the teen Mujahid opened a volley of gunfire at the Occupational Forces in a bid to escape from their dragnet.
“The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, the Mujahid was Martyred and his body was retrieved from the site,” a police spokesperson said.
He said that incriminating material including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter
“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, the killing of the Hizb Mujahid set off protest in the area. According to a local newsgathering agency CNS, youth appeared on Srinagar-Jammu highway and staged a protest against the Mujahids killing.
The Occupational forces chased them and foiled their attempt to organize protests and prevented the situation from getting out of hands.