Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday held the Hizbul Mujahideen responsible for the attack on the house of a senior Congress leader, which was repulsed by his Personal Security Officer (PSO) who killed a militant and injured another in Pulwama district of South Kashmir last night.
The injured militant, who had initially escaped with the help of his associate, was arrested later and admitted to a hospital here for treatment, a police spokesman said.
A group of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants tried to intrude into the house of Congress' Pulwama District President Abdul Gani Dar at village Rohama, 40 kms from here, last night.
However, the PSO of the Congress leader challenged the intruders who opened indiscriminate firing. The PSO fired back and in the brief shootout, one of the militants was killed and another injured.
However, the injured militant fled the scene with the help of his associate, taking advantage of darkness.
Reinforcements of police and security forces rushed to the scene soon after the incident and launched a hunt to apprehend the fleeing militants, the spokesman said, adding that after a hectic search police arrested the injured militant who was abandoned by his accomplice.
An AK assault rifle, its one magazine, 10 rounds, a pistol, its one magazine with three rounds and two hand grenades were recovered from the possession of the slain and captured militant, the spokesman said.
He identified the deceased militant as Mohammad Aslam Kalas alias "Janbaaz" of Hizbul Mujahideen, but did not divulge the identity of the captured militant.
However, police sources identified the captured militant as Arshid Ahmad of Keller area who had reportedly joined the militant ranks only a month back.
Kalas, a resident of Nasarpora village, was a hardcore militant and was active for the last couple of years, the sources said adding his killing is considered as a setback to the Hizbul Mujahideen in the Keller belt.
Arshid, who had received a bullet injury in the abdomen, claimed that he along with his associates had gone to the house of the Congress leader to have dinner, the sources said quoting his preliminary questioning at the hospital.