Srinagar: Authorities on Monday announced restrictions in parts of Srinagar where all schools and colleges have been ordered to be closed following the killing of three militants in Anantnag. An official said that the step has been taken as a precautionary measure. Restrictions have been clamped in areas under the jurisdiction of police stations of Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Khanyar and Soura. Three militants were claimed to have been killed by police in an overnight encounter with along with army and paramilitary CRPF at Hakoora area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
A joint team of police’s SOG, army, and CRPF had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Hakoora village midnight, around 12:30 am.
A police spokesman said that pursuing credible leads about the presence of militants, the joint team started search in the Hakoora area of Anantnag.
“While the search was going on the hiding militants fired upon the search party. The fire was retaliated by the forces, ensuing an encounter,” he said. In the encounter, three militants were killed which include Eisa Fazli of Srinagar, Syed Owais of Kokernag. “The identity of the third militant is being ascertained,” he said.
In the process arms and ammunition which include AK 47 rifles, pistols, hand grenades were recovered from the encounter site, the spokesman said. “Further in the incident no collateral damage has taken place.”
It is pertinent to mention, the spokesman said that among the killed militants, one was involved in a recent attack on a police guard post at Soura in which one police constable was killed.
“In this connection a case has been registered and investigation has been started under the relevant provisions of the law by the Police.”
Belonging to Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen’s, Eisa Fazli alias Esha Roohula of Ahmadnangar Soura Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi of Violoo Kokernag belonged to well-to-do families and were extremely brilliant in their studies, an official said.