Pulwama Gunfight: Slain Militants Identified

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday late evening said that the militants killed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama were affiliated with the Al-Badr outfit.

A police spokesman in a statement said, “on a specific input regarding presence of militants in Tiken area of Pulwama, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Pulwama Police, 55RR and 182, 183 BNs CRPF in the said area.”

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

“Zamir Sadiq Lone in whose house the militants were hiding also received gunshot injuries and was evacuated to hospital for the treatment of his injuries where his condition is stated to be stable,” he said.

“In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Mehraj-ud-Din Lone resident of Arigam Pulwama, Umer Ali resident of Dadsara Tral and Umar Farooq resident of Sugan Shopian. All the slain were affiliated with proscribed outfit Al-Badr,” he added.

The spokesman said as per police records, the slain militants were part of groups involved in many crime cases including planning & executing several major attacks on forces.

“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 their complicity in other terror crimes,” said police spokesman in a statement.

“Keeping in view the prevailing pandemic and to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the dead bodies of the slain militants shall be sent to Baramulla for their burial & last rites after completion of medico-legal formalities. The nearest family members of the slain militants shall be allowed to participate in the last rites at Baramulla,” 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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