Srinagar And Kulgam Encounters: Police Version

SRINAGAR: On 11/11/2021, acting on specific inputs provided by Kulgam & Srinagar police regarding presence of terrorists in Kulgam & Srinagar, two anti-terrorists operations were carried out in which three terrorists were neutralised which include district commander of proscribed terror outfit HM.

In village Chancer Chawalgam area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 9RR and 18Bn CRPF in the said area. During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained, they were given opportunity to surrender; however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party. The joint teams ensuring safety of civilians rescued and shifted all the civilians to safer places.  The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.

In the initial exchange of fire, although one terrorist was killed, however due to darkness the operation remained suspended throughout the night. In the wee hours, repeated announcements were again made to the hiding terrorist to surrender, but the terrorist again fired on joint search party which was retaliated leading to the elimination of the hiding terrorist. The dead bodies of both the killed terrorists were retrieved from the site of encounter.

They have been identified as District commander of proscribed terror outfit HM Shiraz Ahmad @Shiraz Molvi @Abu Haris resident of Souch Kulgam and Yawar Ahmad Bhat resident of Ponipora Kulgam. As per police records both the killed terrorists were linked with proscribed terror outfit HM.

As per police records, both the killed terrorists were part of groups involved in several terror crimes including attack on security forces and civilian atrocities. Pertinently, the killed terrorist Shiraz Molvi was an A++ categorized terrorist and was active since year 2016 figuring among the list of most wanted terrorists. He was also involved in recruiting innocent youth into terror ranks and in spreading a reign of terror by killing civilians as well as political workers in Devsar and Brazloo areas of Kulgam. There are 15 FIRs registered against him for several terror crimes.

Moreover, acting on specific input about possible terrorist attack and movement of terrorists in Bemina area, a joint checkpoint was established to thwart such evil designs. In the mean time, terrorists attacked on a checkpoint established near Bund Bemina which was retaliated leading to an encounter. The further reinforcement was rushed to the spot, 2RR and Valley QRT CRPF also joined the operation.  In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist of proscribed terror outfit Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind was eliminated and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as Amir Riyaz resident of Khrew Pampore.

It is pertinent to mention that the killed terrorist is relative of one of the accused terrorist of Lethpora terror attack and preliminary investigation indicated that he was assigned to carry out similar kind of fidayeen attack. Digital evidences recovered from his mobile show that he was prepared by terror outfit for fidayeen attack.

Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 01 AK-rifle & a Pistol from Kulgam encounter site and 01 AK-rifle from Bemina encounter site were also recovered. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police have registered cases under relevant sections of law and investigations have been initiated.

IGP Kashmir Shri Vijay Kumar congratulated the joint teams for carrying out both the operations in professional manner resulting in elimination of three terrorists including a most wanted terrorist. He also congratulated Police/SFs for working with great synergy and coordination on the ground that lead to the elimination of 133 terrorists including many top commanders during this year.

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