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Shopian Encounter: Slain Militant was a Highly Qualified Official

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Three Army Jawans reportedly Injured in Gunfight which is Still going on in‪ ‎Shopian‬. 3:00 PM update


4 security personnel among one Major Namely Maj Sanjeev of 55 RR injured in the fierce gunbattle shifted to Army Hospital in Shopian. 5:46 PM


A day after army released a report wherein it was mentioned that post-2010, highly educated youth joining militancy in Kashmir is a “very disturbing” trend, another militant with MA English B.Ed qualification (besides a government official) from south Kashmir’s Shopian district was killed in an encounter on Wednesday.

Ashiq Hussain Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar, a resident of Turkewangam village was killed in an encounter in Heff village of Shopian district early morning.

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Sources said that Ashiq was selected as Village Level Worker (VLW) in May 2014 and he joined militant ranks in August 2014 after working for three months as a government official.

Highly qualified Ashiq, according to local sources had also applied for jobs in the departments of Education, Revenue, CAPD and Horticulture and he was selected in all the departments. But instead joining the services, he had joined militancy and could not join.

The encounter was going on till the reports last came in.

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The encounter began yesterday after security forces received specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Heff Shermal area of Shopian.

Also Read: Heff Shirmal Encounter: Two militants killed so far

As the joint team of Special Operation Group (SOG) and army began a search operation in the area, the hiding militants opened fire on them triggering an encounter.

The operation was halted for the night but the gunfight resumed this morning and a militant was gunned down in the early hours.

Security agencies believe that one more militant is still trapped and the firing was going on.

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