Sameer 'Tiger' meets end; Hizb terror group suffers a jolt

Sameer 'Tiger' meets end; Hizb terror group suffers a jolt

Sameer 'Tiger' meets end; Hizb terror group suffers a jolt

Indian Army Major Rohit Shukla on Monday gunned down Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sameer Ahmed Bhat alias Sameer "Tiger" during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. He was also accused of attacks on many political leaders, activists and security forces.

Security forces claimed that Sameer Tiger's killing is a big success for them as it will help them in controlling the militancy in south Kashmir. Some armed terrorists too appeared at Sameer's funeral and offered a gun salute to the dreaded Hizbul commander.

Thousands of people on Tuesday participated in the funeral of slain Hizb commander Sameer Tiger and his associate in Drubgam and Rajpora villages respectively.

Encounter: The encounter broke out when security forces were conducting cordon and search operation in Drabgam area. Bhat was active in the area since May 2016 and had played a part in several cases of atrocities on civilians in the area, the official said.

"Besides his involvement was established in the kidnapping and firing on two civilians from Qasbayar in which one civilian Bashir Ahmad Dar died instantly while another Altaf Ahmad Dar was seriously injured".

Aqib Mushtaq Khan had been an active militant since July 2017. The other militant killed was identified as Aqib Mushtaq Khan, a resident of Rajpora village, Pulwama, who had reportedly joined the militants' ranks in July past year. He, police statement said, also had plotted several attacks on the security establishments in South Kashmir along with Sameer Tiger and was closely associated with him after joining the militant ranks.

Some civilians wanted to throng the encounter site so that the militants could escape, an official said.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police took to social networking site and said "In Drabgam Pulwama encounter today morning in a joint operation two HeM militants killed including top commander Samir Tiger who was involved in number of civilian killings". However, during the encounter Major Shukla was critically injured as well.

The defence spokesman in Srinagar, Col. Rajesh Kalia, said the injured officer and the soldier were both stable and recovering at a hospital.

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