Morning News: HM commander killed in Sopore gunfight, Tension in Jammu & other top stories

Sopore:A district commander of HM militant outfit was killed in an encounter in Reban village of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday morning.
Acting on a specific information regarding the presence of militants, Sopore police along with 22 RR, 179, 92 Bn CRPF launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Dangerpora Reben area in the jurisdiction of Police Station Sopore. During the search operation, militant hiding in the area fired upon the joint search party. The fire was retaliated, ensuing an encounter.
One militant was killed in the encounter who was identified as Shahid Ahmad Sheikh @Shabir, district commander of HM, resident of Kachloo Qaziabad, Handwara. He was earlier affiliated with JeM. One AK rifle, 2 AK magazine, 1 grenade, 23 AK rounds and a pouch was recovered from the encounter site.
Reports said that as soon as news spread in the area people in thousands assembled at Kuchloo Village where the protest rally marched towards the slain millitant’s home. Azadi and Pro-Islam slogans shouted during the rally.
Huge number of people including men and women attended the last rites of slain militant , Amid pro freedom and Islamic slogans Shahid was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Kuchloo village.
Meanwhile authorities restored all telephone including data services this evening which was blocked soon after encounter erupts as precautionary measures.
Meanwhile clashes between youth and security forces were reported in daylong soon after encounter news spread in the belt, reports and eyewitnesses said that youth chase with police at Nowpora and Handipora, the police who in turn retaliated by lobbing tear gas shells to disperse them.
However authorities early Saturday suspended all government run educational institutes in Sopore town while telephone except BSNL was also blocked in district.
Meanwhile,The Home Minster will embark on a 3-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday in an apparent outreach attempt to bring peace in the state.
Rajnath will visit Jammu, Srinagar and Leh and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social organisations, business leaders and others, a Home Ministry official said.
During his interactions, the home minister will receive people’s representations on how to bring a lasting peace in the restive Valley.

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