2 IAF com­man­dos, 2 LeT mil­i­tants killed in en­counter

Two J&K po­lice­men held for sup­ply­ing am­mu­ni­tion to HuM ul­tras


TWO Garud Com­man­dos of the In­dian Air Force (IAF) and two Lashkar-eTaiba mil­i­tants were killed in an en­counter in Bandi­pora district of Jammu and Kash­mir on Wed­nes­day.

Se­cu­rity forces launched a cor­don and search op­er­a­tion in Ha­jin area of Bandi­pora district in the early hours of the day fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion about pres­ence of mil­i­tants in the area. The mil­i­tants opened fire on the se­cu­rity forces, trig­ger­ing a gun bat­tle. Two IAF Garud per­son­nel, who were part of the op­er­a­tion for train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence pur­pose, were in­jured in the ex­change of fire with the mil­i­tants. The in­jured per­son­nel were evac­u­ated to 92 Base Hospi­tal here where they suc­cumbed to in­juries. They have been iden­ti­fied as Sergeant Milind Kishor and Cor­po­ral Nilesh Ku­mar.

Two mil­i­tants have been killed in the en­counter, an of­fi­cial said adding the slain ul­tras be­longed to Lashkare-Toiba (LeT). They have been iden­ti­fied as Ali alias Abu Maaz, a Pak­istani mil­i­tant, and Nas­rul­lah Mir, a lo­cal mil­i­tant. Direc­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (DGP) SP Vaid said these mil­i­tants were in­volved in a num­ber of ter­ror at­tacks in which se­cu­rity forces per­son­nel and civil­ians were killed. “It is a big suc­cess for se­cu­rity forces,” he said. A po­lice of­fi­cial said two AK ri­fles, one pis­tol, one hand grenade 12 AK mag­a­zines and 75 rounds were re­cov­ered from the scene of the en­counter.

Gen­eral of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing of the Chi­nar Corps of the Army Lt Gen­eral JS Sandhu led the ranks in pay­ing tribute to the slain IAF men. “Chi­nar Corps Com­man­der and all ranks sa­lute the supreme sac­ri­fice of In­dia Air Force Garud mar­tyrs of Ha­jin op­er­a­tion,” he said. A wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony at Badamibagh Army head­quar­ters was at­tended by se­nior of­fi­cers from the Army, po­lice and IAF.

In an­other in­ci­dent, two J&K con­sta­bles Shabir Ah­mad Malik and Nazir Ahmed Na­jar were ar­rested for al­legedly sup­ply­ing am­mu­ni­tion to the Hizbul Mu­jahideen. The duo had al­legedly sup­plied nearly 40 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion for the AK se­ries of ri­fles to over­ground work­ers of the HuM in south and cen­tral Kash­mir. They were ar­rested along with two oth­ers al­legedly af­fil­i­ated with the group.

Vaid com­pli­mented the po­lice per­son­nel re­spon­si­ble for bust­ing the unholy nexus” be­tween po­lice­men and mil­i­tants. “We have zero per cent tol­er­ance for such acts and we will en­sure stricter and a quick pun­ish­ment for the guilty,” Vaid said. He added that “the in­ter­nal in-house sur­veil­lance mech­a­nism of the state po­lice is strong and no such ac­tiv­ity can es­cape the eyes of the law”.

Giv­ing de­tails, po­lice said Adil Ah­mad Ne­groo and Mu­dasir Ah­mad Mir, as­so­ciates of ac­tive mil­i­tant Waseem Wa­gay of HuM were ar­rested at Ram­na­gri in Shopian in south Kash­mir. Po­lice re­cov­ered 20 rounds of AK am­mu­ni­tion from Ne­groo. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the duo named con­sta­ble Malik, posted at Gan­der­bal, from whom they had brought am­mu­ni­tion.

Malik was im­me­di­ately picked up and sub­jected to in­tense ques­tion­ing after which he named an­other con­sta­ble, Na­jar, posted at district po­lice lines of Shopian. Malik claimed that Na­jar sup­plied him with 40 live rounds of am­mu­ni­tion for sale to mil­i­tants, po­lice said.

Pi­naki Paul


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