Waghama Gunfight: Police Version

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday issued following statement regarding Bijbehara gunfight saying that on a specific input generated by Anantnag Police regarding the presence of militants in village Waghama area of Anantnag, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by JKP, 3RR and CRPF in the said area.

Counter insurgent forces near the site of encounter in Waghama village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. KL Image by Shah Hilal

A police spokesman in a statement saying that during the search operation as the presence of militants got ascertained they were given the opportunity to surrender, however, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.

“In the ensuing encounter, 02 unidentified militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The identification and affiliation of the slain is being ascertained,” he said.

The spokesman quoted IGP Kashmir as having said that both the slain along with militant Zahid were involved in the killing of one Policeman last year and killings of two CRPF personnel and one minor boy recently.

“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,” said a police spokesman in a statement.

Waghama Encounter

“The dead bodies of the slain militants have been sent to Handwara for their last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including a collection of their DNA.  In case any family claims the killed terrorists to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification and participation in last rites at Handwara,” he said.

“In this connection, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Bijbehara and investigation has been initiated,” he added.

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

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