Shopian Encounter: Slain Militant Identified

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday identified the militant killed in an encounter at in Turkwangam area of Shopian.

A police spokesman in a statement said that based on specific input generated by police regarding the presence of militants in Turkwangam area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police along with 44RR & 178Bn CRPF in the said area.

“During the search operation, as the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” said the spokesman.

“In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of the encounter. He has been identified as Muneeb Ahmad Sheikh son of Shah Mohd Sheikh resident of Tak Mohalla Shopian, affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT,” he said.

“As per police records, he was a categorized militant and part of groups involved in several criminal cases including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities. Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including a Chinese pistol, 01 magazine and 5 rounds were recovered from the site of the encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he added.

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

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