Hizbul Commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat Killed in Encounter

One protester was killed when protesters tried to breach the cordon of security forces in Saimoh village on Saturday where Hizbul commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and his accomplice were trapped.

The curbs in these areas continued for the third day as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of the separatists' call for a march to Tral area in south Kashmir's Pulwama district today. Only postpaid BSNL mobile phones are working at the moment. In clashes at other place, 40 people including 28 protesters and 12 security men were injured.

A civilian was killed allegedly in cross-firing between militants and security forces during the encounter in Tral area.

"The bodies of Sabzar Bhat and his accomplice identified as Faizan Ahmad have been retrieved and identified", police said.

Earlier on Sunday a police spokesman said that there were six incidents of stone pelting in Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Sopore, but the situation across the Valley remained peaceful and under control.

Director General of Police SP Vaid said that Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat is among the two militants killed in the encounter in Soimoh area of Tral this morning.

The official also added that all the educational institutions in the state's capital will remain closed on Monday.

Senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have been placed under house arrest while JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to the central jail on Sunday.

A police officer said the main grabbed the rifle of a CRPF man at Lal Chowk area in south Kashmir's Anantnag town today. According to the report, at least 55 people have been injured, including 25 security personnel.

The Adviser urged the global community to call upon India to immediately stop the "ruthless killing of defenceless Kashmiris". The terrorists were trying to infiltrate into India through the Uri sector in Jammu & Kashmir's Baramulla district when they were killed.

Wani's death in July a year ago had triggered a prolonged spell of unrest marked by clashes between protesters and the forces, claiming almost a hundred civilian lives. His death sparked widespread protests and clashes in parts of IHK, leaving one civilian dead and dozens of others wounded.

The latest bout of unrest has started affecting the already low inflow of tourist into the Kashmir Valley.

  • Leroy Wright