11 militants including top commanders killed in Kashmir

Three including Army soldier killed in south Kashmir encounter

New Delhi, April 01: Security forces gunned down 11 militants, including top ‘commanders’ on Sunday, while an ultra surrendered in three separate encounters in south Kashmir, media reports said.

Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid said bodies of seven militants, including two top commanders, one of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and another of Hizbul Mujahideen, were recovered from an encounter site in Shopian district’s Dragad village.

Reports said a terrorist was killed at Dialgam Anantnag after he failed to surrender despite efforts of his family and J&K Police, while one was caught alive. At Dragad village in Shopian seven bodies of terrorists were recovered, including that of top commander, Vaid said in a Tweet.

Vaid said the third encounter was on in Kachdoora area of Shopian where some civilians were trapped.

Media reports said the security forces launched a search operation in Dragad area of Shopian on Sunday morning following specific input regarding the presence of militants in the area. The militants fired on the forces, triggering an encounter. In the gunbattle, seven militants were killed, the official said.

He added the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants was being ascertained.

Earlier on Sunday morning, a militant was killed while another surrendered before forces in Anantnag, the official said.

He said based on specific input regarding presence of militants, security forces launched a search operation in Peth Dialgam area of Anantnag in the early hours.

He said as the search started and the location of militants was zeroed in, security forces made repeated requests on loudspeaker asking them to surrender, as per the standard operating procedure.

On this, the official said, one of the militants (name withheld) came out of the house and surrendered before forces.

He has been taken into custody, the official said, adding, his family also helped the police in motivating him to come out of the house and surrender.

The other militant did not surrender and instead resorted to firing on forces which was retaliated in which he was killed, the official said.

Media reports said the slain militant was identified as Rouf Khanday, the official said, adding he had gone missing early this year and his gun-wielding photograph had come on social media in last week of March.

His body has been handed over to the family for last rites.

Both militants were part of the outlawed militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, the official said.