SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir police have issued a detailed statement on the killing of a youth who allegedly snatched the rifle during interrogation. Police term him as “terror operative”.
The statement said Mohammad Amin Malik son of Abdul Ahad Malik resident of Nagbal Machhma, Tral was killed in an overnight operation during the intervening night of June 2 and 3, launched jointly by Awantipora Police, 42RR and 180Bn CRPF at Police Component complex Tral.
Malik, according to the statement was arrested on May 30, 2021, along with incriminating materials including arms, ammunition and explosives including unlicensed 12 bore gun, live rounds, explosives, iron/steel balls, 9 feature phones and other warlike stores used in the fabrication of IEDs. A case FIR No. 48/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered at Police Station Tral. He was in police remand on June 2, when he was brought from Police Station Tral to the Police Component, Tral for further interrogation.
During the interrogation, Malik got hold of the service rifle (AK 47) of constable Amjad Khan and fired indiscriminately with an intention to kill the Police personnel. He critically wounded Khan, the spokesman said and then took total control of the interrogation room and engaged the Police personnel by firing intermittently from the snatched weapon.
“Sensing grave danger to the lives of Police personnel and that of the terror operative, his mother and Executive Magistrate were brought on the site and repeated sincere efforts were made to persuade him to through away the weapon and surrender,” the spokesman said. “The terror operative, however, displayed complete defiance to such persuasions and not only refused to surrender but also fired upon the police party engaged in persuasion. One of the Police personnel was hit with a bullet on the chest and survived because of the bulletproof jacket he was wearing.”
After failing all efforts to ensure his surrender, the spokesman said the terror operative was engaged in a gunfight following the rules and SoP of such engagement and was neutralised. The snatched weapon was recovered from him.
In this regard, case FIR No. 61/2021 under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Tral and investigation taken up. The dead body has been sent to Police Hospital Srinagar for medico-legal formalities.
The spokesman said that Malik was an active member of Hizb ul Mujahideen and was arrested in 2003. His brother Shabir Malik, the spokesman added, was a member of AGuH outfit and was killed at Brenpathri in 2019.
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