Stone-pelters help trapped militant Zakir Musa escape in J&K

Major clashes broke out after Zakir Musa and his associates were reportedly trapped in a building at Noorpora, his native place in Tral, last evening.

However, the stone pelting halted after some hours and even the firing from the residential building where Zakir Musa and his associate was reportedly hiding also stopped. The security forces however, had cordoned off four villages- Peer Mohalla, Shah Mohalla, Daggarpora and Noorpora, so that the terrorists trapped in Noorpora village cannot escape.

Specific inputs from intelligence sources had confirmed that Zakir Musa and his associate, who has set up his own terror group with the assistance of al-Qaida named as Ansar Ghazwatul Hind after deserting Hizbul Muhahideen terror group, were reportedly holed-up in the building at Noorpora which was targeted by the security forces but two of the militants managed to flee and give slip to security forces.

However, the operation could not be continued because of the darkness. The search operation of the building must have been carried out in the early hours today.

According to police sources, two more terrorist apart from Zakir Musa were holed up in the house.

A police official said a team comprising of personnel of 42 RR, 130 CRPF and SOG Awantipora had carried out the search operation after cordoning off the Noorpora village. He said, at the time of hunt, the locals hurled stones on security forces and the forces had to use tear gas shelling to chase them away. In spite of hindrances, the search operation continued in the area. But the clashes stopped after few hours and stone-pelters dispersed without posing problems for the security forces further, the police sources said.

The police said that the cordon will continue at Noorpora as they believe terrorists hiding there. Though there were reports of Zakir Musa having a close escape but the report is yet to be confirmed by the officials.

In the mean time, another cordon and hunt operations were also carried out in Pehlipora Shopian, Nawa Kadal and Zaldagar areas of Srinagar today. However, no arrest has been made so far in these operations.

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