Srinagar Encounters: Slain Militants Were Involved In Several Killings, Says Police

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday issued following statement saying that top LeT militant Saleem Parray and 01 foreign militant killed in twin operations in Srinagar.

The spokesman said that Police alongwith CRPF killed two militants including top most wanted Saleem Parray of Hajin in two separate operations at Shalimar area in the outskirts of Srinagar city.

“Based on specific input generated by Police regarding presence of militant in Harwan/Shalimar area, a search operation was launched by Srinagar Police and CRPF in the said area,” he said, adding that during the search operation, the search party was fired upon indiscriminately by hiding militant, which was effectively retaliated leading to a brief shootout and elimination of a militant Saleem Parray, linked with proscribed outfit LeT.

“Soon after the said operation, another operation was carried out by Police, CRPF alongwith Army in Gasu area under PS Zakoora. During the said operation, one foreign militant identified as Hafiz @ Hamza of Pakistan linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT was neutralized,” said the spokesman.

“As per the police records the slain militant Saleem Parray was a categorized, active since 2016 and was wanted by law in several terror crime cases,” he said.

“He was involved in several civilian killings including killing of Bashir Ahmad Dar and his brother Ghulam Hassan Dar at Shahgund Hajin on 05/05/2018, killing of Hilal Ahmad Parray at Parray Mohalla Hajin on 16/05/2018. Besides, he was also involved in throat slitting of many civilians in Hajin area. He was also involved in providing logistic support to the militants operating in the area to carry attacks,” he added.

“Moreover, Saleem Parray had spreaded a reign of terror by abducting civilians and killing/torturing them in the name of informers. He was also involved in reviving the folds of proscribed outfit LeT in Hajan and its adjoining area,” said police spokesman in a statement.

“While interacting with media persons, IGP Kashmir said that Pakistani militant Hafiz @ Hamza was involved in several crimes including recent killing of two policemen at Gulshan Chowk Bandipora on 10/12/21 and after this terror crime, he shifted to Harwan area of Srinagar due to frequent cordon & search operations in Bandipora area,” he said.

“He was also involved in killing of a CRPF personnel at Hajin Bandipora, killing of a civilian namely Nadif Hanief Khan of Bilal Colony Soura in Buchpora,” he added.

“Moreover, both the killed militants were also involved in attack on search party of Police/SFs in Hajin in which one police personnel Ct Zaheer Abbas was killed,” he further added.

The spokesman said that incriminating materials, arms and ammunition were recovered from both the encounter sites.

“Police have registered cases under relevant sections of law regarding both the encounters and further investigation has been initiated,” he said.

IGP Kashmir congratulated police and SFs for conducting successful operations without any collateral damage, said the spokesman.

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