Pulwama Gunfight: Slain militants identified

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Srinagar

The three slain militants who were killed in a gunfight with forces at Dalipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday have been identified.

A police spokesperson in a statement said, “On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched today morning by police and other forces at Dalipora area in District Pulwama.”

“As the joint team of forces were evacuating civilians from the neighbourhood area around the target house, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately. In the process one Army Jawan Sepoy Sandeep attained martyrdom and one civilian Rayees Dar also lost his life,” said the spokesman.

After the forces retaliated, three militants were killed in the ensuing encounter and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said.

“They were identified as Naseer Pandith of Kareemabad Pulwama, Umar Mir of Shopian and from the incriminating material recovered from the site of encounter, one militant has been identified as a Pakistani namely Khalid,” he added.

“According to the police records, the slain militants were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit JeM. They were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities. Several crime cases were registered against them,” said police spokesman.

“As per police records Naseer Pandith had a long history of terror crime records before joining the militant organization and several crime cases were registered against him for planning and executing attacks in the area after joining proscribed terror outfit JeM. He was also involved in the killing of a policeman Mohammad Yaqoob Shah of Pulwama in 2018 on the eve of Eid. He was also involved in some weapon snatching incidents reported from the area besides several cases were registered against him for his criminal activities including case FIR No 30/15 & 277/14 under NDPS Act and a case FIR No 25/16 pertaining to forgery,” he said.

Similarly, Khalid who was operating as commander of proscribed militant outfit JeM was involved in several attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area. Many crime cases were registered against him. Umar Mir was also involved in several terror attacks and was part of groups responsible for attacks on security forces,” he added.

“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crime cases,” he said.

“Citizens are 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 in a statement.

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