Khanmoh Encounter: Police Version Identifies The Slain Duo

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police have issued a detailed statement about the encounter at Khanmoh in which two militants were killed. The statement has identified the slain duo. Here is the entire statement reproduced:

“On an specific input of JKP regarding the presence of terrorists in Khanmoh area of Srinagar, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Srinagar Police , Pulwama police, 50RR & CRPF in the said area.

During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given repeated opportunities to surrender, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Wasim Bashir Pandit son of Bashir Ahmad Pandit resident of Kakapora and Mudasir Ahmad Khanday son of Farooq Ahmad Khanday resident of Bargam Awantipora.  Both the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Al-Badr.

As per police records both the killed terrorists  were part of groups involved in several terror crimes including planning and executing of attacks on police and security forces.

Arms, ammunition and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.

The last rites of the killed terrorists shall be performed after conducting medico-legal formalities and the nearest family members of local terrorists shall be allowed to participate in the last rites.

In this connection police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any. IGP Kashmir congratulated police & SFs for conducting successful ops without any collateral damage.”

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