SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 11: Manan Bashir Wani, the scholar turned militant were killed during an encounter at Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday morning. For Manan, it was a nine months of complete stint as not only just a militant but a militant ideologue who through his writings would influence youth to join “armed rebellion.”
The second militant who was killed was identified as Ashiq Hussain Zargar. Soon after the news of the encounter broke, violent clashes erupted in parts of Kupwara and Handwara.Wani, 27, was a PhD scholar at Aligarh Muslim University before he joined the militant ranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen in January 2018.
The exchange of fire continued till 11 am with a lull at around 9 am, when the police initiated search operations at the encounter site. However, search operations were suspended within 15 minutes of starting as militants resumed firing. The police have recovered arms and ammunitions of the slain militants.
A police official said that acting on a tip off, police and the army launched cordon in village Shatgund, Handwara at 2 in the night after specific inputs about the presence of militants. “Initially there was an exchange of fire that got halted till the dawn. With the first light, the firing again started in which two militants were killed,” he said.
Talking to reporters, IGP Kashmir S P Pani said that two militants were killed in Handwara encounter and they have been identified as Manan Bashir Wani and Ashiq Hussain and both were associated with Hizbul Mujahideen.
“There was no collateral damage in the operation,” he said. (KNO)