Two terrorists were gunned down in Tral area of South Kashmir between Saturday night and Sunday morning, but Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat managed to escape under cover of darkness and heavy stone pelting from the mob.
A report says that security forces had launched an operation specifically to get Bhat, who assumed command as operational chief of Hizbul Mujahideen after the death of Burhan Wani in July last year.
They couldn’t capture him. The police said that Bhat escaped with some other terrorists from the site.
According to the police, the terrorists hid in a house in the area. Following the operation, the locals started pelting stones on the security force personnel as they tried to scan the houses for the hidden terrorists.
Despite warnings the youth kept interfering with the operation by pelting stones. The stone pelters snatched the weapon of a CRPF jawan near the Tral bus stand.
The chaos allowed Bhat and his men to escape.
One of the two terrorists killed has been identified as Aquib Moulvi. The other, Osama, as a Pakistani. Moulvi was one of the most wanted terrorists. He has been involved in terror operations since 2012.
A police official attained martyrdom in the operation while an Army Major was injured.
Stone pelters have been helping the terrorists escape after such incidents. In the guise of protests and the cover of human rights, the stone pelters continue to create hindrances for personnel.
In February, the Chief of the Indian Army General Bipin Rawat said that anyone who is found helping a terrorist will be treated like a terrorist. His statement came following the martyrdom of four Indian army personnel in two separate attacks.
In a Facebook post published in February, Major Gaurav Arya had pointed out how the action of the stone pelters hampered the evacuation of Major Dahiya, one of the martyrs, and gave the terrorists the opportunity to escape.