Srinagar: Four militants including a Pakistani national were killed in two separate encounters at Srinagar and Kulgam during past 24 hours, Police said on Sunday.
According to police spokesman on a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of militants in Zadibal area of district Srinagar, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police and CRPF in the said area.
During the search operation, the hiding militants were repeatedly appealed to surrender through family members and community members of the area but instead they started firing indiscriminately upon search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,the spokesman said.
They have been identified as Shakoor Farooq Langoo of Bharthana Srinagar and Shahid Ahmad Bhat of Semthan Bijbehara. The identification of the other killed militant is yet to be ascertained. All the killed militants were affiliated with militant outfit HM/ ISJK.
He further said as per police records, one of the killed militant namely Shakoor Farooq Lango was involved in the killing of two BSF personnel at 90ft road Soura on 20/05/2020 and the snatched AK rifle belonging to the martyred BSF Jawan was recovered from the site of encounter.
Yet again Police and SFs showed patience and exercised utmost restraint, thereby ensured a clean operation with no collateral damage in an otherwise highly congested and densely populated area of city Srinagar.
Incriminating material 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 terror crimes.
Pertinent to mention that in an operation which was launched yesterday evening at village Likhdipora of district Kulgam, one militant was killed. The killed militant was identified as Tayab Waleed @ Imran Bhai @ Gazi Baba, a Pakistani national affiliated with militant outfit JeM.
According to police records he was operational commander of JeM and was an expert in making IEDs besides being a sharp shooter. Arms and ammunition including one AK rifle, one M-4 Carbine, a Pistol and other incriminating material was recovered from the site of encounter.
Regarding the said encounters, cases under relevant sections of laws stands registered in concerned police stations and investigation has been initiated.
Keeping in view the prevailing pandemic due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the dead bodies of the killed militants have been sent to Handwara & Baramulla for their burial & last rites after completion of medico-legal formalities. The nearest family members of the killed militants shall also participate in their last rites at Handwara and Baramulla.
IGP Kashmir has appreciated the teams of Police and CRPF for conducting a clean and successful operation in a very congested and densely populated area of Srinagar with no collateral damage.
People are requested to be away from the encounter sites till the areas are sanitised and cleared from explosive materials, if any (KNS)