New Delhi: Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district, an army official said on Thursday.
Security forces killed three Hizbul Mujahideen militants including class 10 topper Mohammad Ishaq Parray, in an encounter which started on Wednesday night and continued till wee hours of Thursday in Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district.
The slain militants have been identified as Ashiq Hussain Bhat, Mohammad Isaq Parray and Asif Ahmed Mir, the official said, adding that Bhat was involved in providing shelter to militants involved in Udhampur attack on a BSF convoy last year
Ishaq 20, was a bright student, he had allegedly left home to join Hizb in March last year. His family claims he scored more than 98% marks in class X in December 2011 and 85% in class XII.His academic performance even earned him the sobriquet of ‘Newton'.
Police said bodies of the slain militants were handed over to their families. Thousands joined the funeral procession of Ishaq.
“Among the slain militants is Ashiq Hussain Bhat of Charsoo village, who was wanted in connection with providing shelter to militants involved in the Udhampur attack,” said an army official.
Three AK rifles have been recovered from the scene of the gun battle, where search and sanitisation operation are in progress, the official said.