After Killing Ishfaq Rashid, Police Says ‘No Srinagar Resident In Militant Ranks Now’

SRINAGAR: Following the killing of two militants on July 25, Kashmir police chief Vijay Kumar has said there is no resident of Srinagar in the militant ranks now.

The news was shared by the Twitter handle of Kashmir zone police. “After killing of LeT terrorist Ishfaq Rashid Khan yesterday, no resident of Srinagar district in terrorist ranks now: IGP Kashmir @JmuKmrPolice”.

On Saturday, two militants of LeT were killed in an encounter in the Ranbirgarh-Panzinara area of Srinagar outskirts after a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police, 29 RR and CRPF.

Later the police identified the slain militant as Ishfaq Rashid Khan and Ajaz Bhat. Bhat was said to be a resident of Laribal village in Kakapora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

However, Khan, a resident of Sozeith area in Srinagar as of now was said to be the “last Srinagar resident in the militant ranks”.

After the bodies were retrieved, they were laid to rest in Ganderbal area of central Kashmir.

Earlier this month, IGP Kumar has said that Srinagar could never be militancy-free due to entry of militants from other districts and before they can set up their base in Srinagar they are killed.

Army personnel near the site of encounter site in Ranbirgarh area on the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday 25 July 2020. Two militants were killed and one army man injured in the gunfight. KL Image By Bilal Bahadur

“Srinagar is a city where militants come often. Sometimes they come for medical treatment, collecting funds, or even for meetings. Srinagar can never be militant free,” he had said on July 3 after an encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar.

“The militants will keep on coming here. And when we get information about the militants, we will keep on carrying out encounters,” he said.

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