Srinagar Gunfight: Police Says Family Version Proved Incorrect During Investigations

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday issued following statement regarding Srinagar encounter saying that Lawaypora Srinagar encounter started with army inputs and eventually fructified into a joint operation of Army, CRPF and Police.

Three youth from south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian who were killed in Lawaypora encounter on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

A police spokesman in a statement said that after the cordon was laid, terrorists lobbed grenade from inside and fired upon the search party.

“Although as per SOP militants were repeatedly appealed by the troops to surrender in the evening and again in the morning. However, instead of surrendering, they fired upon troops and eventually got neutralised in a fire-fight,” said the spokesman.

“In so far as claims of the parents that Aijaz Maqbool Ganai went to the University to fill up form is concerned. The same was verified and cross-checked through the modern techniques including records of the telecom department. Contrary to the claims, the verified digital evidence revealed and corroborated that Aijaz and Ather had gone to Hyderpora and from there to the place of occurrence only,” he said.

“Similarly, Zubair had gone first to Pulwama, then Anantnag, then Shopian to Pulwama and finally came to the place of occurrence,” he added.

“Background check also reveals that Aijaz and Ather Mushtaq, both OGWs variously provided logistic support to militants. Antecedents and verifications to show that both were radically inclined and had aided militants of LeT (now so-called TRF) outfit,” said the spokesman.

“One of OGW presently under police custody has also corroborated Aijaz’s association with LeT militant Faisal Mushtaq Baba who was killed in Meej (Pampore) encounter in June last year. Pertinently, Ather was relative and OGW of HM top commander Rayees Kachroo who got killed in the year 2017,” he said, adding that nevertheless, police is investigating into the case from all possible angles.

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