Militant killed in Pulwama shootout

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Qayoom Khan

Srinagar, Oct 18: Police on Thursday claimed to have killed a newly-recruited militant in a brief shootout at a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district late Wednesday night.
A police official said that a joint team of army’s 50 RR and SOG personnel had set up a Nakka at Dougam Kakapora following inputs about the presence of militants 11:30 pm.
The gunfight broke out after the joint team of forces challenged the movement of the militants.
In the brief shootout, a militant has been killed, he said.
He identified the slain militant as Showkat Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Padgampora, Awantipora.
Bhat had joined militancy on October 2 and was associated with Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen, he said.
Meanwhile, police in a tweet said that the slain was wanted in yesterday’s grenade attack in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district that left three cops, including an officer, wounded.
Meanwhile, thousands of people attended his funeral prayers. The slain was later laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans.
Protests rock KU
The students of Kashmir University on Thursday held massive protests inside the varsity campus against the killing of student turned militant in a predawn brief gunfight in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
Witnesses said that as the news of the killings spread, the students from Zakura campus besides MA and MAK boys hostel assembled at the main campus and staged a protest and marched in campus against the killing of Showkat Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Padgampora, Awantipora. Slain militant Showkat was pursuing B. Pharmacy course at the varsity and had joined Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit a few days ago.
“Bhat was killed in an ambush laid by 50 RR of the army and Special Operations Group of the state police in Dougam Kakapora,” police said Thursday morning.
The students marched inside the campus while chanting pro-freedom slogans and anti-India and offer funeral prayers in absentia as well. (GNS)