Srinagar: A top militant on Friday gave slip to joint team of Army and police after injuring a cop in a shootout in Gutli Bagh area of Central Kashmirâ€™s Ganderbal district.
Reports said Armyâ€™s 5 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police during the intervening night cordoned off Gutli Bagh area following a tip-off regarding the presence of top Hizbul Mujahideen militant Mushtaq Ahmad alias Jangi in the area.
As the joint team started combing operations in the wee hours today, the lone Hizb militant hiding in a residential house opened heavy fire on them. The joint team returned the fire sparking off gun battle. In the ensuing exchange of fire, a policeman identified as head constable, Feroz Ahmad was injured. The injured cop who received bullet in thigh was removed to SK Institute of medical sciences for treatment.
As the gunfight turned intense, the Hizb militant managed to give slip to forces and flee from the spot.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Ganderbal, Imtiyaz Hussain told that Mushtaq was active in the area for over a decade now. The Hizb militant, he said managed to flee as the forces demonstrated maximum restraint to avoid collateral damages.
â€œMushtaq is a wanted militant. He is responsible for the killing of 25 civilians. Last month, he killed his colleague Abu Kalas,â€ Hussain said.
â€œThe Hizb militant is also involved in timber smuggling,â€ he added.