Shopian gunfight: Slain militants identified


Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday said that militants killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian district were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit.

A police spokesman said that during intervening night of 08/09-03-2020 a specific input was received by Shopian Police about the presence of LeT militants hiding in the village Khojpora Reban, Shopian.

He said that acting upon this input a joint CASO by Shopian Police, 1st RR and 178 Bn CRPF was launched. During the search operation hiding militants tried to break the cordon by firing indiscriminately upon the search parties.

“The troops immediately took cover and retaliated, during retaliation by the security forces the hiding militants were neutralized,” said the spokesman.

“They have been identified as Shabir Ahmad Malik @Abu Maviya resident of Tungduno Yaripora Kulgam who was active since December 2017 and Amir Ahmad Dar resident of Wadina Melhoura who was active since 2019,” he said.

“During the search of the encounter site 01 AK -47, 01 UBGL, 01 AK-47 magazine, 01 Chinese 5 pistol, 01 magazine of Chinese pistol and 05(No’s) 9 mm live rounds were recovered from the encounter site,”he added.

“In this connection case FIR No. 11/2020 U/S: -16, 18, 19 ULA (P) Act, 7/27, I Arms ACT, 307 1PC, has been registered in police station Zainapora and the investigation set into motion,” police spokesman said.

“It is pertinent to mention that Shabir Ahmad Malik @ Abu Mayiya was Pakistan trained militant and was involved in various cases in south Kashmir including case FIR NO. 22/2018 U/S:-13, 20 ULA (P) ACT, FIR N0. 73/2019 U/S 13 ULA (P) ACT, 506 RPC, 7/25 I Arms ACT, FIR No 17/2019 U/S:13, 18, 19, 38 39 ULA (P) ACT of Police Station Yaripora of District Kulgam,” he said.

“While as both the militants were involved in case FIR No. 58/2019 U/St-16 ULA (P) ACT 436 RPC, 7/25 I A ACT of Police Station Zainapora District Shopian,” he added.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” said police spokesman in a statement.


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