Militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified

Srinagar

The three militants slain in a gunfight with government forces on Tuesday in south Kashmir’s Shopian district have been identified.

A police spokesman in a statement said that identified the three slain militants as Shamsul Haq Mengnoo son of Mohammad Rafiq resident of Dragad Shopian, Aamir Suhail Bhat son of Abdul Aziz resident of Chidipora Chitragam Shopian, Shoaib Ahmad Shah son of Ghulam Rasool resident of Shermal Shopian.

He said that the slain militants as per the police records were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit HM and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including an attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.

“Shoaib Shah according to police records was involved in several criminal offences and several cases were registered against him including 13/2018 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 A. Act of PS Shopian, 05/2018 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 A. Act 16 ULA (P) of PS Zainpora, 19/2018 U/S 307, 353, 332, 148, 149, 336 RPC 7/27 A. A Act, 16 ULA (P) of PS Zainpora, 42/23018 U/S 307, 393 RPC 7/27 A.Act 16 ULA (P) of PS Zainpora and 52/23018 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 A.Act 16 ULA (P) ¾ Exp Sub Act of PS Zainpora,” said the spokesman.

“Similarly Aamir Suhail Bhat was also involved in several militant attacks. He along with the other militant had attacked the residential guard at Chittragam in August 2018 for which a case FIR NO 42/2018 US 307, 393 RPC, 7/27 A Act, 16 ULAP Act is registered at PS Zainpora,” he added.

“According to police records, Shamsul Haq Mengnoo was part of terror conspiracies along with others leading to weapon snatching, recruitment to militant fold, attacks on security forces and so on. Several militant-related cases were registered against him,” said police spokesman in a statement.

“Incriminating material such as arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records to probe their complicity in other terror crimes,” he added.

“Bodies of the slain militants were handed over to their families after completion of medico-legal formalities,” he further said.

“Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” said police spokesman.

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