The top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Junaid Sehrai, 29, killed on Tuesday, the only relative of top Hurriyat leadership to join militancy in the last decade. The CRPF killed two militants, in a 12-hour gun-battle which broke at Nawakdal area in Srinagar. Along with Sehrai, another Hizbul militant, Tariq Sheikh was killed. The battle broke between Jammu and Kashmir police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The encounter, however, sparked violent clashes between protesters and security forces throughout the day even as mobile and internet services remained suspended. Nearly a dozen houses were gutted in the operation that began at nearly 2:30 am Tuesday. The encounter resulted in the damaging of many houses and vehicles.
After security forces got information about the presence of 2 to 3 militants in the area, the search operation started at 2:!5 am. CRPF told that in a couple of hours gunfire started from both sides and this continued until Tuesday afternoon.
With houses severely damaged, 12 houses, destroyed completely. Many locals blamed security forces of stealing their homes amid the operation. However, senior police officials denied this accusation.
A resident, Bilal Ahmed said that the forces arrived at 2:30 AM, and positioned themselves in many houses surrounding the one with militants. He added that the CRPF made residents leave the area and in no time firing started. Bilal further said that the CRPF attacked the house occupied by militants along with other houses nearby, damaging dozens of houses.
CRPF Accused Of Looting
As per the reports of the ThePrint, which visited the locality, firefighters were seen dousing the raging fires.
The report mentioned what the sources said about the killing of one of the militants. It further talked about the injured militant, killed later, founded by sniffer dogs.
Three local women made the accusation of looting jewellery, cash, and laptops on the CRPF.
According to ThePrint, an anonymous police official had denied such accusations. Moreover, ThePrint tried to connect to J&K DGP Dilbag Singh, on accusations but did not receive any comment so far.