Shopian Gunfight: Slain Militant Identified, Search Operation On

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday late evening issued the following statement regarding Shopian gunfight saying that on March 13, 2021, at about 2000hrs based on specific input generated by Shopian Police regarding presence of militants in village Rawalpora area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 34RR and 14Bn of CRPF in the said area.

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

“Due to darkness, the operation was suspended however the cordon remained intact throughout night. Today in the morning, repeated announcements were again made to hiding militants to surrender, but the militants fired on joint search party which was retaliated and so far one militant identified as Jahangir Ahmad Wani son of late Abdul Rehman Wani resident of Rakh Narapora Shopian, affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT was killed,” said the spokesman.

“As per police records, the slain militant was active since 01/09/2020 and was involved in several crime cases including attacks on forces and civilian atrocities,” he said.

He added that arms and ammunition including USA made M4 Carbine rifle and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of encounter so far. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other crimes.

“During the encounter, three houses caught fire while as a group of miscreants tried to disrupt the operation and created law and order problem near the encounter site during which some miscreants were also injured. However, to track the other hiding militants, cordon and search operation in the area is still going on. Further details shall be accordingly communicated,” said a police spokesman in a statement.

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