According to the police report, three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter at Pulwama in south Kashmir on Friday. It was also reported that another group of militants was confined in the Lelhar area of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in the evening.
The valley became hot again with the security forces firing on the militants. Two militants have surrendered to security forces in the Lelhar area of Pulwama after hours of clashes. One of the militants was reportedly injured. He has been admitted to the hospital. The militants reportedly had two AK-47s.
According to army sources, the encounter started at 8 pm on Friday. The two militants were then caught after a brief gun battle. However, it was not yet known which militant group they belong to. Security persons are interrogating them. Security forces are patrolling the area to see if there are any other militants hiding.
Meanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were reportedly killed in a shootout with security forces at Awantipora in Pulwama on Friday. Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu and Kashmir, said, “Police, army and CRPF jawans surrounded the militants in Awantipora. They were told to surrender. But the militants did not agree and started throwing grenades. Then the encounter began. All three militants were killed after a brief battle. They are all known to be members of Hizbul Mujahideen”.
Police identified the dead militants as Waris Hassan, Aarif Bashir, and Ahtishamul Haq. All of them were the residents of Awantipora in Pulwama. Vijay Kumar told that they were a part of the groups that were involved in several terror crimes. He also told that the police once again appealed to the guardians of the local misguided youth to come forward and help the police in returning them back. They were always welcome to return to the mainstream.
The police asked the parents to take note of the activities in their wards. The reason is simple, innocent young people are falling into the traps of anti-national elements by means of social media.
Several opinions of the analysts have pointed to the trend of militancy after the 1990s. The new trend of militancy has changed its pattern with the use of modern technological tools. The wide and clever use of social media tools is observed to cross the geographical boundaries, training of cadres, recruitment models, ideological enticements, inter-group communications, etc. The new trend of militancy includes images and videos. The Hizbul Mujahideen militants are using the technical tools to spread terrorism and maintain prolonged unrest in the Kashmir valley.