The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Syed Mujtba Gillani, told Greater Kashmir, “Militants were killed after they opened fire on a patrol party in Hayatpora village of Budgam.”Police on Saturday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with the government forces in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Syed Mujtba Gillani, told Greater Kashmir, “Militants were killed after they opened fire on a patrol party in Hayatpora village of Budgam.”He identified the slain militants as Younis Maqbool Ganie of Patrigam Budgam and Abu Ali, a non-local. He said that Younis had joined militant ranks some time ago.
An unconfirmed report said that soon after the gunfight ended, people staged protests. However, officials denied that any demonstration was staged in the area. “So far there are no protests,” Gillani said.
Police sources said the gun battle broke out after the militants opened fire on the patrol party of 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) around 5 pm. “It was a brief gunfight,” they said.
Hayatpora village is boundary between Pulwama district in south Kashmir and Budgam.
Pertinently, this is the first encounter in Kashmir after April 9, by polls, when eight civilians were shot dead by the government forces in different areas of central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts.
Earlier, in the last week of March, three youth were killed and 35 others sustained injuries when forces opened fire to disperse protesters near the gunfight site near Chadoora in central Kashmir. One militant was also killed in the gunfight in the same area.