Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed after a gunfight with security forces in a village that began the previous day. The battle started on Tuesday evening after security forces laid a cordon around Radbug village, some 30 km from Srinagar. The militants opened fire when the cordon around the house in which they were hiding was tightened. The operation, carried out jointly by the police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Army, was halted after it got dark overnight. The exchange of fire resumed on Wednesday morning. The militants rushed out of their hideout firing indiscriminately in a bid to escape. The security forces returned the fire and killed all the three.
The slain men were identified as Javed Sheikh, Dawood and Sajad Ahmed Gilkar. Sheikh was the Hizbul district commander. Sheikh and Dawood were residents of Budgam district. Gilkar hailed from Srinagar. An AK-56 assault rifle, a Self Loading Rifle, a pistol and seven magazines were recovered from the shootout site.
During the fighting, the security forces came under attack from villagers who hurled stones at them in a bid to help the militants escape. Clashes broke out in Nowhatta in Srinagar’s Old City area on Wednesday after stone pelters clashed with security forces as news of Gilkar’s death in Badgam became known. Gilkar belonged to Nowhatta.
Authorities then imposed curfew in the areas of Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Khanyar and Safa Kadal in Srinagar.