Rangreth Encounter: Slain Militants Identified

SRINAGAR: Two militants killed in a gunfight with the counter-insurgent forces in Rangreth area of Srinagar were affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit, an official said.

Police personnel stand guard after a brief encounter with militants at Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar, Monday, December 13, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A police spokesman in a statement said that based on specific input regarding the movement of militants in the general area of Rangreth, surprise naka checking points were established tactically by Srinagar Police in the area.

“During naka checking at one such naka manned by a small team of Srinagar Police, two suspected persons on noticing the police party fired indiscriminately upon them. However, the fire was effectively retaliated, leading to a brief encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two militants were neutralized on spot,” said the spokesman.

“One of the killed militant has been identified as Aadil Ahmad Wani son of Bashir Ahmad Wani resident of Daramdoora Shopian (a Pakistan trained “A” category militant) while as another slain militant as per the credible sources is a foreign militant, yet same is being further ascertained. Both the killed militants were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit LeT,” he said.

“As per police records, both the killed militants were involved in several crime cases and civilian atrocities and played a key role in number of recent killings in Srinagar City,” he added.

“On 04/03/2020, militant Aadil along with his associates fired upon Police Party of Police Post Warpora Sopore in which 01 Police Personnel Wajahat Asadullah was martyred & a civilian Shaban Wagay was killed. Besides the killed militant was also involved in several grenade attacks on Police/SF establishments including grenade attack at Bus Stand Sopore in which 19 civilians were injured, grenade attack at Police Post Bus Stand Sopore in which 02 Police Personnel were injured,” said the spokesman.

“Arms & ammunition including 02 AK rifles and other incriminating materials 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 crimes,” he said.

“In this connection police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any,” said the police spokesman.

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