Two Militants Behind Recent Attacks Killed: Police

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday identified the slain militants killed in twin encounters at Pulwama and Srinagar districts.

A police spokesman in a statement said that on October 15 during past three hours, based on specific inputs regarding presence of militants, two anti-militant operations were carried out in Pulwama and Srinagar, resulting in elimination of two militants of proscribed outfit LeT (TRF) involved in recent killings of a civilian and a Probationary Police Sub-Inspector in City Srinagar.

“Today at about 1730hrs based on specific input generated by Police regarding presence of a militant in village Wahibug area of Pulwama, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army (53RR) and CRPF in the said area,” said police spokesman in a statement.

“During the search operation, as the presence of militant got ascertained he was given opportunity to surrender, instead he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” he said.

“In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Sheikh resident of Habba Kadal Srinagar was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” he added.

“As per police records, he had joined the militant folds recently and was linked with proscribed outfit LeT (TRF). He was involved in killing of a civilian Mohammad Shafi Dar (PDD Employee) at Batamaloo Srinagar on 02/10/2021. He was also responsible for creating terror among the locals by threatening, intimidating and killing civilians,” said police spokesman in a statement.

“Meanwhile, today at about 1855hrs based on specific input generated by Srinagar Police regarding presence of a militant in Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by Srinagar Police in the said area,” said police spokesman in a statement.

“During the search operation, as the presence of militant got ascertained he was given opportunity to surrender, instead he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” said the spokesman.

“In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmad resident of Habba Kadal Srinagar was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” he said, adding that as per police records, he had joined the militant folds recently and was linked with proscribed outfit LeT (TRF).”

“He was involved in killing of PSI Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar area of Srinagar on 12/09/2021,” said police spokesman in a statement.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 2 AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the site of encounters. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police have registered cases in both the incidents under relevant section of law in respective police stations and further investigation is in progress,” he said.

IGP Kashmir appreciated Srinagar Police for generating specific input and carrying out anti-militant operation in professional manner without any collateral damage in the City Srinagar,” he added.

“IGP Kashmir also said that besides these two specific killings, militants Shahid and Tanzeel were also collaborators in recent killings of one chemist and two teachers in City Srinagar. It is pertinent to mention that after recent killings of civilians in City Srinagar; so far 8 anti-militant operations were successfully carried out in Kashmir valley since 08/10/2021 resulting in elimination of 11 militants,” said the spokesman.

In a statement IGP Kashmir once again appeals to the parents of newly recruited militants to bring their children back to mainstream and assured that Police will assist and facilitate them.

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