Kulgam Gunfight: Slain Militants Identified

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Hasanpora village of Kulgam were affiliated with the Al Badr outfit, an official said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that based on a specific input generated by Kulgam Police regarding the presence of militants in village Hasanpora situated on the border between Kulgam and Anantnag, a joint cordon and search operation was launched yesterday evening by Police and 1stRR in the said area.

“During the search operation, as the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” said the spokesman.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants of proscribed outfit Al-Badr were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Imad Muzaffar Wani resident of Arigam Pulwama and Abdul Rashid Thoker resident of Hassanpora,” he said.

“As per police records, both the killed militants were categorized, militants. They were part of groups involved in several criminal cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities. Besides, militant Imad Wani was involved in the attack on police personnel Mushtaq Ahmad Wagay of Pulwama on 19-12-2021, in which the said police personnel got seriously injured,” he added.

“While as, slain militant Abdul Rashid Thoker, before joining ranks was working as a militant associate and was also involved in the attack on a civilian at Chitragam in which said civilian got injured,” said the spokesman.

“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he said.

“Regarding the incident, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in PS Bijbehara, Anantnag and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at the encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” said the spokesman.

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