Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday late evening said that the militants killed in south Kashmir’s Tral town were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
A police spokesman in a statement said: “On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in Gujar Basti Gulshanpora area of Tral Awantipora.”
He said that during the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.
“In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said.
“The slain militants have been identified as Umer Fayaz Lone @ Hamad Khan resident of Seer Tral, Faizan Hamid resident of Mandoora Tral and Adil Bashir Mir @ Abu Dujana resident of Monghama Tral,” he added.
The spokesman said that the slain militants as per police records were affiliated with proscribed outfit HM and were wanted by law for their complicity in crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.
According to the Police records, Umer Fayaz Lone @ Hamad Khan had a long history of crime records since 2016 and was involved in planning and executing several attacks in the area, said the spokesman.
“He was part of groups responsible for carrying out series of attacks and many other civilian atrocities besides the killing of policeman Haleem Kohli of Gutroo Bangdar Tral and killing of civilian Mehraj Din Zarger of Tral,”he said.
“Several crime cases were registered against him including Case FIR No. 54/2016, FIR No. 63/2016 FIR No. 113/2016, FIR No. 126/2016 FIR No. 25/2017, FIR No. 30/2017, FIR No. 76/2017, FIR No. 20/2018, FIR No. 33/2018, FIR No. 65/2018, FIR No. 70/2018, FIR No. 72/2018, FIR No. 81/2018, FIR No. 32/2019, FIR No. 83/2019, FIR No. 85/2019 of PS Tral and FIR No. 80/2017, 180/2018, FIR No. 114/2019 of PS Awantipora,” he said.
“Similarly, Adil Bashir Mir @ Abu Dujana and Faizan Hamid had a history of crime records and were also involved in carrying out several terror attacks in the area. They were also part of the group involved in the killing of civilian Mehraj Din Zarger of Tral near Bus Stand Tral and were responsible for several other crimes. Terror crime cases were registered against both of them including FIR No. 32/2019, FIR No. 83/2019 and FIR No. 85/2019 at PS Tral,” he said.
Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes, he said.
“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” said the spokesman.