Police Says Militant Duo Killed In Bandipora Were Responsible For Rahul’s Murder

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces at Brar Aragam area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, police said. The spokesman quoted IGP Kashmir saying that their presence was technically confirmed at Chadoora on Thursday and they were responsible for the killing of Rahul Bhat.

Here is the complete statement of the Jammu and Kashmir Police spokesman, ad verbatim:

“Police & Army (13RR) neutralized 02 recently infiltrated foreign terrorists of proscribed terror outfit LeT in an anti-terrorist operation at Brar Aragam area of Bandipora. The duo had escaped from recent anti-terrorist operation at Salender Forest area of Bandipora.

Police was tracking a local LeT terrorist namely Lateef Rather @ Osama who was involved in terror incidents in Srinagar and Budgam from last two months. A week ago movement of Lateef Rather was confirmed in Salindar area of Bandipora where he had gone to receive a fresh infiltrated group of terrorists of LeT outfit. The presence/ movement of these terrorists was zeroed and shared with the Bandipora police and accordingly an operation was launched on 11/5/22 resulting in elimination of a local terrorist identified as Gulzar Ahmed Ganaie of district Baramulla. While as the other 02 terrorists managed to escape from the said encounter site. However, Police team kept following the footprints of said escaped terrorists, whose presence was confirmed technically in Chadoora area of Budgam, where terror incident took place yesterday on 12/05/22. Thereafter their footprints were again confirmed in Brar, Aragam area of Bandipora today on 13/5/22. Accordingly the information was shared with the police Bandipora and operation was launched by them along with 13RR resulting into elimination of two foreign terrorists of LeT outfit identified as Faisal @Sikander @ Mohsin resident of Pakistan & Ukasha resident of Pakistan. While the hunt for Lateef Rather @ Osama is on.

Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.

IGP Kashmir congratulated joint team of Police/SF for tracking down said foreign terrorists who had recently escaped during an encounter and whose presence was technically confirmed yesterday at terror incident site at Chadoora which confirmed their involvement in killing of Shri Rahul Bhat and said that Lateef Rather @ Osama will be tracked down soon as the hunt for him is vigorously on.

In this regard, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.”

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