Two of the three militants who were killed in an encounter with government forces in Satoora forest area of Tral, Awantipora have been identified, police said in a statement.

File Image of encounter site in Kashmir (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

According to the police spokesman, they have been identified as Mukhtar Ahmad Lone @ Gazi Umer son of Mohammad Akram resident of Amirabad Tral, Parvaiz Ahmad Mir son of Ghulam Qadir Mir resident of Pahoo Pulwama and a foreign militant.

Giving details, the spokesman said “they were involved in a number of anti-national activities. Mukhtar Ahmad Lone was involved in many grenade attacks on CRPF and Police. He was involved in the attacks on CRPF Bn Headquarters at Tral Bala in which two CRPF personnel were injured, CRPF camp at Lariyal Tral in which 10 CRPF personnel were injured, Army camp at Panzoo Tral and Police Post Aripal in which one CRPF person got injured. He was also involved in many firing incidents including at Panzoo Tral on Army camp.”

The spokesman further said “Parvaiz Ahmad Mir along with four other persons was involved in the murder of one person namely Mushtaq Ahmad Kuchay son of Ghulam Mohammad Kuchay resident of Rakh Lajoora in the year 2010. He was under the judicial lockup in the instant case. During the trial Hon’ble court has released him in March 2017 and afterwards he joined the militant ranks.”

As has been reported earlier that, acting on a specific information, Awantipora police along with 42 RR and 180 Bn CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Batiwan forest area of Satoora on Saturday. During the search operation, gun battle raged and three militants were killed in the encounter.

“Three AK rifles and other ammunition was recovered from the encounter site,” spokesman added.



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