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'Dead LeT militant a foreigner, not local'

The controversy surrounding the identity of slain militant in the Budgam gun-battle was put to an end on Friday by the members of a local family, saying "the militant does not belong to the family".

india Updated: Dec 27, 2013 18:44 IST
HT Correspondent

The controversy surrounding the identity of slain militant in the Budgam gun-battle was put to an end on Friday by the members of a local family, saying "the militant does not belong to the family".


Major protests broke out on Thursday evening in parts of central and south Kashmir's Budgam and Pulwama district following the news that the militant killed in the Budgam encounter during the day was a local.

Around two dozen protesters were injured in the security forces attempt to quell the protests.

Immediately after the encounter was over in Budgam, the police identified the slain militant as Lashkar-e-Toiba's Omar Bilal, who, the police believe, was behind two daring attacks this month that left one police and one CRPF officer dead in two separate attacks in Budgam.

The police claim of Bilal being a foreign militant was contested by the locals, who claimed the youth was for a village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

According to the police records, Showkat Ahmad, a resident of Kakapora, is believed to have joined the LeT ranks a month back.

The row over the identity, however, was brought to an end when the police asked the parents of Ahmad to identify the dead militant.

According to the police sources, the brother of Ahmad could not identify the body.