Bijbehara Gunfight: Slain Militants Identified

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday issued following statement regarding Bijbehara gunfight saying that based on a precise Police input about presence of two militants involved in various crime, hiding in a house in village Semthan Bijbehara, a joint operation was launched yesterday on 10/04/2021 by Police, 3RR Army & CRPF 90Bn.

A police spokesman in a statement said that while searching the target house, militants hiding their opened indiscriminate fire on search parties, which was retaliated.

“Amidst the ensuing encounter, all the civilians trapped in the gunfire were evacuated to safety and the operation was halted for the night,”  said the spokesman.

“While ensuring all civilians are safe, the operation was resumed today morning and both the militants got killed in the exchange of fire. They were given ample opportunities to surrender and face the law. Two AK series rifles and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of killed militants,” he said.

The slain militants were identified as Towseef Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Ramzan resident of Takia Maqbool Shah Bijbehara and Aamir Hussain Ganie son of Ab Rashid resident of Goriwan Bijbehara, Anantnag. While as Towseef was active since 2017 and Aamir had joined militant ranks in the year 2018,” he added.

“Both of them were wanted in many crimes including in the killing of an off-duty Territorial Amt solider Mohamamd Saleem Akhoon who was killed by them near his home in Goriwan Bijbehara on Friday. After this incident, round the clock track teams set out to track them down to bring them to justice. The teams finally zeroed them in resulting in encounter,” said the spokesman.

“They were also wanted by law in Case FIR No. 07/2020 of PS Bijbehara which was registered last year after an attack on CRPF party in which one CRPF jawan had got killed. The killed duo had been threatening and intimidating the civilian population of the area and enticing the young boys to join ranks,” he said.

“The dead bodies after medico legal formalities have been sent for burial in presence of family members,” said police spokesman in a statement.

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