Rajni Bala Killer Among 4 Militants Killed In Twin Encounters, Police Says

SRINAGAR:  Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said four militants killed in twin encounters at south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam districts were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

A police spokesman in a statement said that on 14/06/2022, acting on specific information about the presence of militants in the village Mishipora area of Kulgam, police along with 1st RR launched a cordon and search operation in the said area.

The spokesman in a statement said that as the joint party proceeded towards the suspected spot the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively by the joint forces.

“However, the hiding militants managed to shift their base consistently in the village after the initial exchange of fire and tried to breach the cordon but the cordon remained firmly intact and a search was going on from the past 02 days to nab them.

“Today, the contact was re-established with the hiding militants and the encounter resumed. In the ensuing encounter, two militants of HM outfit were killed so far. One of the killed militants has been identified as Zubair Sofi of Mohan Pora Kulgam who was involved in the killing of woman teacher Rajni Bala on 31/05/2022.

The identification of the second slain militant is being ascertained. The operation is still in progress, said the spokesman.

“Moreover, today afternoon another operation was launched by Anantnag Police, Army (19 RR) and CRPF (164Bn) at Hangalgund area of Anantnag. In the said operation, two militants was so far killed and the operation is still going on,” he said.

“The slain militants were identified as Junaid Bhat and Basit Wani of HM outfit. Basit Wani was involved in killing of BJP’s Sarpanch Gh Rasool Dar and his wife, a Panch on 9/8/21 in Anantnag,” said the spokesman.

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