Detained militant killed in grenade blast in Tral

Kashmir Suspected militant dies in grenade attack while trying to escape from Tral police station

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A Hizb-ul-Mujahedin militant, now in police custody, was killed and a policeman was injured when suspected militants tossed a hand grenade into a police station in Jammu and Kashmir's southern Pulwama district, the police here said. In the incident constable Mehraj Din was also injured, a police spokesman said. According to police spokesperson Manoj Pandit, Mushtaq Ahmad Chopan, who was in custody of Tral police tried to escape from the police station wearing a burqa. "We are investigating how the burqa was brought inside the police station and how Chopan escaped from the toilet". "Around 12.30 p.m., Chopan was near the main gate of the police station when a grenade was lobbed from the outside". "Chopan was arrested in Sopore previous year for killing an SPO in Tral".

While the police say the militant was trying to escape in a burka, when "his associates hurled the grenade", locals allege it to be a case of custodial killing.

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Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir SP Pani told Kashmir Reader that a pistol was recovered from the possession of the killed militant and an autopsy was being carried out.

"The troops fired and used illumination flares after which the group of terrorists trying to infiltrate into the Indian side of the IB were forced to withdraw", said the police official. Meanwhile, a civilian identified as Riyaz Ahmad was injured in clashes with the security forces during protests following a brief encounter in Hajin area of Bandipora district on Monday.

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Local sources said that a few militants appeared during the funeral who offered gun-salute to their former accomplice.

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