Pampore Gunfight: Slain Militants Identified

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Drangbal area in Pampore town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) outfit, an official said.

A police spokesman in a statement said that during the intervening night of October 15, 16 based on specific input generated by Awantipora Police regarding presence of militants in Drangbal area of Pampore, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 50RR and 110Bn CRPF in the said area.

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

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Umer Mushtaq Khandey and Shahid Khurshid linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF),” he said.

“As per police records, both the killed militants were collaborators in recent killings in City Srinagar and involved in several other terror crimes. Besides, Umer Mushtaq was also involved in the killing of SgCt Mohammad Yousuf and Ct Suhail Ahmad in Baghat area of Srinagar and figured among the list of top 10 most wanted militants,” he added.

“He was also responsible for creating among the locals and had been coercing innocent citizens to sympathise with anti-national elements,” said the spokesman.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he said.

“Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and started investigation in to the matter. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.

According to statement IGP Kashmir congratulated the joint teams working with great synergy and coordination on the ground for carrying out successful anti-militant operations in professional manner without any collateral damage.

Quoting IGP Kashmir police spokesman in a statement said that, post recent civilian killings in City Srinagar militants Shahid Khurshid along with Shahid Bashir shifted to district Pulwama while as their other associate Mukhtar Shah shifted to district Shopian and all the three militants stands eliminated.

He also said that, Police is committed to hunt down all the militants who try to create fear among masses and spread mischief & tumult in the valley and such elements & their names should be excised from society.

He also said that, post recent civilian killings, so far 13 militants have been eliminated in 9 different anti-militant operations including 3 out of 5 terrorists of Srinagar City who were killed within less than 24hrs.

He also said that, as of now only two militants of Srinagar City namely Mehran and Wasim are active and all efforts are on to nab them.

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