Militants Killed In Handwara, Buried In Machil

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in Ganapora Kralgund encounter were laid to rest at Machil in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

DGP Dilbag Singh along with senior police and army officers addressing a press conference at Handwara.

A police spokesman in a statement said that on a specific input regarding presence of militants in village Ganapora Kralgund area of Handwara, ambush followed by joint cordon and search operation was launched by Handwara Police and 32RR in the said area.

“During the search operation as the presence of militants got ascertained they were given the opportunity to surrender, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” said the spokesman.

The spokesman said that in the ensuing encounter, 02 militants were killed.  The slain militants have been identified as Naseer-U-Din Lone @Saad Bhai (LeT Commander) of Brath Sopore and Ali Bhai @Danish of Pakistan, affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT.

“As per police records, both the slain militants had a long history of crime records. They were involved in planning and executing several attacks in the area including killings of civilians, Police and attacks on security establishments,” he said.

“Several crime cases were registered against them including killing of 3 CRPF jawans at Sopore on 18/04/2020 and 3 CRPF jawans at Handwara on 04/05/2020. Besides, they were also involved in Case FIR No. 43/2020 of PS Sopore pertaining to attack on police party at Warpora Chowk in which one police personnel and 01 civilian were killed and injuries to another police personnel, FIR No. 38/2020 of PS Bomai pertaining to the killing of one civilian namely Danish Manzoor Najar @Ishfaq  of Edipora Bomai Sopore, FIR No. 168/2020 of PS Sopore pertaining to attack on joint naka party of Police/CRPF at Bismillah colony Model Town Sopore in which one CRPF personel and one civilian namely Bashir Ahmad Khan were killed and other 3 CRPF personnel were injured. They were also involved in Case FIR No. 270/2019 of PS Sopore pertaining to the grenade attack at Bus Stand Sopore in which 19 civilians got injured,” he added.

“Moreover, killed militant Ali Bhai @Danish was instrumental in receiving various infiltrating groups and was also involved in recruiting local youth in militant ranks. He along with militant Sajjad @Haider who was killed earlier this week was involved in several attacks on security forces and security establishments,” said the spokesman.

He said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.

“All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other crimes. Pertinently, AK 47 rifle snatched from CRPF jawan after attack at Vangam Handwara on 04/05/2020 was also recovered from the site of encounter,” said the spokesman.

Arms and ammunition recovered from slain militants killed in Ganapora village of Kralgund in Handwara on August 19, 2020. Pic: Police

“Keeping in view the prevailing pandemic due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the dead bodies of the slain militants were buried at Machil Kupwara after completion of all medico-legal formalities,” he said.

“Post successful operation, DGP J&K, Dilbag Singh and IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar along with DIG NKR visited Handwara and congratulated the joint team for conducting operation without any collateral damage. Besides, they held a meeting with Police and Army officers and also briefed the media regarding the operation,” he added.

“In this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Kralgund and investigation has been initiated,” said a police spokesman in a statement.

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