Lawaypora Encounter: Police Version

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Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday issued the following statement regarding Lawaypora encounter saying that in an attack at Lawaypora today in the outskirts of Srinagar city, two militants were killed in the exchange of fire with police and CRPF personnel.

A joint of forces near the site of a shootout in which two militants and a CRPF man have been killed in Lawaypora area of Srinagar outskirts on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A police spokesman in a statement said that at about 1145 hours, militants fired at the joint naka of CRPF and police at Lawaypora.

“In the exchange of fire two militants were killed on the spot and one militant sustained injuries. Moreover, one CRPF personnel also was also killed,” he said.

“The two slain militants have been identified as Khateeb Ahmad Dass of Bijbehara and Zia u Rehman Wani of Aarath Budgam,” he added.

“Moreover, one CRPF man was also killed. He has been identified as Constable Ramesh Rajan CRPF 73 BN. We pay our tributes to slain Ramesh for the supreme sacrifices made in the line of duty,” said the spokesman.

“As per police records both the militants had a history of crime records and were wanted by law for their complicity in crimes and attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

“According to police records, Khateeb Dass was the brother-in-law of slain militant Mugees Mir of Parimpora. Khateeb Dass as per police records was affiliated with proscribed outfit HM and had been part of groups involved in carrying out attacks in the areas of South Kashmir,” he added.

“Several crime cases were registered against him including case FIR No. 104/2015 pertaining to crimes,” said the spokesman.

“As per police records Zia u Rehman Wani was affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT and was part of groups involved in carrying out attacks on guard posts, security deployments and several other grenade attacks besides civilian atrocities,” he said.

“He had history of crime records since 2018. Several crime cases were registered against him including case FIR No. 73/2018 pertaining to decamping of weapons from the residential guard post of erstwhile Congress MLC Muzaffar Parray at Jawahar Nagar Srinagar,” he added.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition was recovered from the militants. All the recovered incriminating materials have been taken into case records for the purpose of investigation and probe their complicity in other crimes,” he further addded.

“Police have registered a case in this matter and further investigation is in progress,” said the spokesman.

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