Police constable Manzoor Ahmad lost his life on Sunday morning in a fierce gunfight with suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants in Tral, Jammu and Kashmir. Two militants were also killed, reportedly ending the exchange of fire that lasted about 12 hours.
One of the slain terrorists is a top Hizbul commander Aaquib Bhat and the other a Pakistani national, reports ANI. The encounter also injured three security personnel, including an Indian Army major. Combing operations are underway.
The encounter between security forces and four to five militants, who were holed up in a house in Tral in South Kashmir, started on Saturday at 7 pm.
SP Vaid, DGP Law and OrderWe have killed two terrorists, one of them is a Pakistani. It was a joint operation by Jammu and Kashmir police and security forces.
Tearful Adieu to Constable
Police constable Manzoor Ahmad, who was soon to be a father, lost his life in his second attempt to flush out militants after miraculously escaping a volley of fire the first time around.
Undeterred by blazing fire from assault rifles, the braveheart crawled in the pitch dark and placed charges (explosives used for road construction) around the house, a senior officer recalled.
The constable came under heavy fire from an AK rifle as he started retreating towards his position but managed to escape, they said.
“Koi baat nahi (don’t worry),” was his nonchalant reply when it was pointed out to him that he would have been killed and that he should not take such risks.
Niak again volunteered to plant explosives to bring down what remained of the house, after an Army Major suffered serious gunshot injuries.
As he charged towards the house this time, he was hit by a volley of bullets from a militant. Despite his wounds, he planted the explosives on remaining part of the house before breathing his last.
He is survived by a four-year-old son Aarzoo, a pregnant wife, and two unemployed brothers – the resident of Salamabad in Uri (North Kashmir) was the only earning member of his family.