Srinagar, May 3: Bodies of slain militants who were earlier killed in an encounter at Adkhara area of Imam Sahab in south Kashmir’s Shopian district were handed over to families for last rites.
A Police officer told GNS that the bodies of the slain militants namely Lateef Dar alias Tiger of Dogripora Pulwama, Tariq Molvi of Moolu Chitragam Shopian and Shariq Ahmad Negroo of Chotigam Shopian was taken to a nearby hospital for medico legal formalities.
After completing all the formalities, the bodies of the trio were taken to police station Zainapora from where they have been handed over to their respective families for last rites, they said.
Among the slain Lateef Tiger, was the only surviving militant of Burhan group and was active since 2014.
The encounter started after a joint team of army’s 34 RR, CRPF and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation at Adkhara village of Imam Sahab today early morning.
An army soldier was also injured during the course of gunfight, the officer said.
The cordon was thrown following specific information about the presence of some militants, the officer had said.
In wake of the killing of militants, youth staged protests and clashed with government forces near the encounter site. The police and paramilitary CRPF used pellets, tear smoke shells and live ammunition to disperse them.
In the incident, several youth suffered injuries due to pellets and tear smoke shells besides a youth Mudasir Ahmad Mir (20) of Woyen sustain a bullet wound in his leg and was hospitalised.
The authorities have also snapped internet services across south Kashmir following the gunfight and spontaneous shutdown is being observed in Shopian and other parts of neighbouring districts.
Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed in a gunfight with government forces in July 2016, triggering off massive civilian unrest in which around 100 people were killed and more than fifteen thousand were injured, mostly with pellets.