Anantnag Encounter: Police Version

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday issued the following statement regarding Anantnag gunfight saying that on November 12, 2022, militants attacked outside labourers at Rakhmoman Bijbehara in which two labourers got critically injured.

The spokesman in a statement said among the injured, one labourer namely Chota Prasad son of Nethoni Prasad resident of Gorakhpur Khushi Nagar UP succumbed to his injuries on 18/11/2022 while as another Gobind son of Beema resident of Khushinagar UP is still under treatment.

“In this connection, a case vide FIR No. 194/2022 under relevant sections of law stands already registered in PS Bijbehara,” said the spokesman.

He said that during the course of investigation, Police arrested one hybrid militant namely Sajad Ahmad Tantray @Furqan son of Mohammad Maqbool Tantray resident of Shirpora Kulgam and during questioning, he confessed of his involvement in the commission of said crime by using illegally obtained Pistol which stands recovered on his disclosure.

He added that the said accused also confessed of having knowledge about the presence of militants at Cheki Duddo area of Bijbehara, following which a joint cordon & search operation was launched by Police and Army (3RR).

“While the search party approached towards the suspected hideout identified by the accused, they came under heavy volume of fire from the hiding militants in which the said accused Sajad Ahmad Tantray received critical gunshot injuries,” said the spokesman.

“The injured was immediately shifted to SDH Bijbehara where doctors declared him brought dead. The cordon in the whole area has been strengthened with the help of reinforcement and the search operation in the area is in progress,” he said.

“It is pertinent to mention that, the accused Sajad was earlier a militant associate of proscribed outfit LeT and was involved in Case FIR No. 72/2018 of PS Yaripora, FIR No. 55/2018 of PS Yaripora and FIR No. 80/2018 of PS Anantnag. Besides, he was also detained under PSA from June-2019 to December-2019,” he added.

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