Militants Slain In Bijbehara Gunfight Identified

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday said that the militants killed in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara were affiliated with the Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit.

A house damaged during an encounter between militants and counterinsurgent forces in Kandipora area of Bijbehara Anantnag on Thursday, March 11, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A police spokesman in a statement on March 10, 2021, at about 1805hrs based on specific input generated by Anantnag police regarding presence of militants in village Kandipora Bijbehara area of Anantnag, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army (3 RR) and CRPF in the said area.

“During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists 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.

“Due to darkness, the operation was suspended however the cordon remained intact throughout night. Today in the morning, repeated announcements were again made to hiding militants to surrender, but the militants fired on the joint search party and the fire was retaliated resulting in the elimination of two hiding militants,” he said.

“They have been identified as Adil Ahmad Bhat resident of Shithpora Bijbehara and Zahid Ahmad Rather resident of Sirhama Anantnag, affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM,” he said.

“As per police records, both the militants were involved in several crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities,” he added.

“Incriminating materials including arms & 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 terror crimes,” said the spokesman.

Forces personnel near the site of the encounter in which two militants were killed at Kandipora Bijbehara on Thursday, March 11, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“The last rites of the slain militants shall be performed after conducting their medico-legal formalities and their nearest family members shall be allowed to participate in their last rites,” he said.

“In this connection, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated,” he added.

“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 in a statement.


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