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Major, teacher killed in Bandipora

Major, teacher killed in Bandipora

Author: Excelsior Special Correspondent
Publication: Daily Excelsior
Date: November 11, 2005
URL: http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/05nov11/news.htm#2

An Army Major was killed and two soldiers wounded in a fierce gunfight with militants who attacked a 14 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at Bandipora in north Kashmir district of Baramulla today.

Elsewhere in Kashmir, meanwhile, militants gunned down a school teacher while security forces apprehended four ultras including a Pakistani national and recovered arms and ammunition during the past 24 hours, an official spokesman said today.

Giving details of Bandipora incident, Defence spokesman, Col VK Batra said that in this incident a Major G S Rathore lost his life and two soldiers were injured when an encounter took place with the militants at around 5 pm this evening when troops of 14 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned Arin village following information about presence of some militants.

Maj Rathore had earlier worked as ADC with former President K R Narayanan, who passed away in New Delhi yesterday.

Militants, who had taken shelter in two houses, opened fire on the search party and in the ensuing gunbattle the Major was killed, he said.

The encounter was still going on and reinforcements have been rushed to the area to neutralize the militants, the spokesman said.

Col Batra said further details are awaited. However, official sources said a Major and two soldiers were killed when militants tried to storm the camp. They said the militants later entered a house and are firing at the security forces from there. The sources said the residents have been evacuated to safer places to avert civilian casualties in the gun-battle.

Meanwhile, militants shot at and wounded Abid Hussain Bhat, a teacher, at Nadihal-Bandipora in north Kashmir this afternoon.

Bhat was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to injuries, he said. Army during a search operation apprehended three people at Shopian in the south Kashmir district of Pulwama today and seized Rs 1,50,000 from them. The three are being questioned, the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, a loaded AK assault rifle and some grenades were recovered from a shrine in a village in Kupwara district of Kashmir by locals who handed them over to the security forces, an official spokesman said today.

Villagers of Lone Hari recovered the AK rifle, two magazines, 60 rounds and three grenades from the place of worship while undertaking annual Ghusul (cleaning) yesterday, he said.

Meanwhile, an angry demonstration from Qazigund appeared at Press Enclave here today with the allegation that some political leaders were "protecting the killers of a class 5th student". The demonstrators alleged that Police had released a number of the accused on the instance of these leaders who, according to them, were "shielding the killers". They alleged that on the instructions of these leaders Police had also detained the slain student's father, Ali Mohammad Wagay, subjected him to severe physical and mental torture for 22 days and asked him to take the responsibility of his son's murder upon his own shoulders.

Eleven -year-old student, Azad Ali Wagay S/o Ali Mohammad Wagay, had disappeared during the night intervening September 15th and 16th. Next day his dead body had been recovered from Vessu nullah.

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