Srinagar Gunfight: Police Version

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday issued the following statement regarding Rambagh gunfight saying that on a specific input of Srinagar Police regarding the presence of militants in Rambagh area of Srinagar, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Srinagar Police and CRPF in the said area.

The house damaged in Rambagh encounter in which two LeT militants were killed on Monday, October 12, 2020. KL Image

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 after evacuating all civilians. However, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants of proscribed outfit LeT were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” said the spokesman, adding that the slain militants have been identified as top LeT Commander Saifullah (a Pakistani National) and Irshad Ahmed Dar @ Abu Usama resident of Pulwama who was active since May-2019 and involved in several civilian killings and attacks on Police/SFs.

“As per police records, Saifullah infiltrated earlier this year and since two months shifted his base from north to south Kashmir,” said the spokesman.

“He was involved in planning and executing several major militant attacks on security forces which includes the killing of a CRPF officer at Chadoora on 24/09/2020 and 02 CRPF personnel at Kandizal area of Pampore on 05/10/2020,” he said.

The spokesman said that he was also part of the group involved in the killing of two police personnel at Nowgam Srinagar on 14/08/2020. Besides, he was also involved in firing on a convoy on 21/09/2020 in Nowgam area.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes,” he said.

“Keeping in view the prevailing pandemic due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of people from the inherent risk of contracting the infection, the dead bodies of the slain militants shall be sent to Baramulla for burial after completion of all medico-legal formalities. The nearest family members of the slain local shall be allowed to participate in the last rites,” he added.

The spokesman said that in this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated.

“DGP J&K, IGP Kashmir and IG CRPF appreciated the role of Police and CRPF for conducting operation without any collateral damage,” he said.

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

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