Shopian Gunfight: Slain JeM Commander Sajad Afghani Was Involved In Several Killings, Says Police

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday issued the following statement regarding the Shopian gunfight saying that it is further informed that the encounter resumed in the wee hours after remaining suspended for the night hours.

A police spokesman in a statement said that as the search operation was resumed, contact with the holed-up militants was again established and during the ensuing encounter one more militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.

The spokesman said that he has been identified as top JeM commander Vilayat Ahmad Lone alias Sajad Afghani resident of Shopian.

“As per police records, the slain militant was active since 08/09/2018 and was part of a group involved in executing a series of attacks on policemen, SF and civilians. He was also involved in attacks on security establishments and brutal killings of civilians branding them as police/SF informers,” said the spokesman.

“Several crime cases were registered against him and was wanted by law for his complicity in several criminal cases including Case FIR No. 304/2018 PS Shopian pertaining to terrorising the people so as to keep them away from Panchayat polls including blazing a Panchayat Ghar at Kanji-ullar,” he said.

“Case FIR No. 307/2018 PS Shopian pertaining to barging into the houses of police personnel, abducting and killing of SgCt Nisar Ahmad, Foll. Firdous Ahmad and SPO Kulwant Singh. Case FIR No. 343/2018 PS Shopian regarding the attack on 34RR camp at Matribugh. Case FIR No. 362/2018 PS Shopian regarding abduction and killing of civilian Suhail Ahmad Ganai. Case FIR No. 35/2019 PS Shopian regarding the killing of SPO Khusboo Jan and Case FIR No. 45/2019 PS Shopian regarding abduction and killing of civilian Tanveer Ahmad Dar,” he added.

“IGP Kashmir and GoC Victor Force conducted aerial monitoring of the operation and L&O situations at the encounter site. Both the officers have appreciated the Police and forces for the big success and conducting operation successfully without any collateral damage,” said the spokesman.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in terror crimes,” he said.

“The last rites of the killed militants shall be performed after conducting their medico-legal formalities and their nearest family members shall be allowed to participate in their last rites,” he added.

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


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