3 mil­i­tants killed in Sri­na­gar en­counter

Sec­ond such in­ci­dent in just over a month in the city, gun­fight takes place in Zadibal area; two mil­i­tants af­fil­i­ated to Hizb

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Correspond­ent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

One of the mil­i­tants was in­volved in the at­tack on two BSF men last month.

VI­JAY KU­MAR, IGP, Kash­mir

SRI­NA­GAR : Three lo­cal mil­i­tants were killed by se­cu­rity forces in a gun bat­tle in Zadibal area of Jammu and Kash­mir’s Sri­na­gar, the sec­ond in the just over a month in the city. The of­fi­cials said that the mil­i­tants were killed af­ter they re­fused to sur­ren­der.

The op­er­a­tion to track down the mil­i­tants was launched on Sun­day morn­ing af­ter the forces got an in­put about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants in a house in the con­gested lo­cal­ity of Zadibal. The po­lice and CRPF cor­doned the area and launched house to house search op­er­a­tions.

Vi­jay Ku­mar, in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice in Kash­mir, said they were in­volved in the killing of two per­son­nel of the Border Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) near Pan­dach Chowk on May 20 dur­ing Ramzan.

“Through our sources, we got to know of their iden­tity and called their par­ents who ap­pealed to them to sur­ren­der. But they didn’t re­lent and af­ter that op­er­a­tion was launched to neu­tralise them,” he said.

He added that two of them were ac­tive since 2019. “One was in­volved in the at­tack on two BSF jawans last month.”

Po­lice said par­ents and other mem­bers of the civil so­ci­ety were brought to the en­counter site and asked to sur­ren­der but they re­fused to do so.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the mil­i­tants as Shakoor Fa­rooq Lan­goo of Bharthana and Shahid Ah­mad

Bhat of Semthan Bi­jbe­hara and said they were af­fil­i­ated with pro­scribed ter­ror out­fit Hizbul Mu­jahideen/ ISJK. How­ever, po­lice said the third mil­i­tant is yet to be iden­ti­fied.

An of­fi­cial spokesper­son said that as per po­lice records, Shakoor Fa­rooq Lan­goo was in­volved in the killing of two BSF per­son­nel at 90ft road Soura on May 20 and the snatched AK ri­fle be­long­ing to the BSF Jawan was re­cov­ered from the site of en­counter.

In an­other op­er­a­tion launched on Satur­day evening at Likhdi­pora vil­lage of south Kash­mir’s Kul­gam district, one mil­i­tant was killed in the op­er­a­tion. “The killed ter­ror­ist was iden­ti­fied as Tayab Waleed, a Pak­istani na­tional af­fil­i­ated with pro­scribed ter­ror out­fit JeM,’’ the spokesper­son said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice records, he was the op­er­a­tional com­man­der of JeM and was an ex­pert in mak­ing IEDs be­sides be­ing a sharp­shooter.

Arms and am­mu­ni­tion and other in­crim­i­nat­ing ma­te­rial were re­cov­ered from the site of en­counter.

Po­lice said keep­ing in view of the on­go­ing Covid-19 pan­demic and to en­sure the safety of peo­ple from the in­her­ent risk of con­tract­ing the in­fec­tion, the bod­ies of the killed mil­i­tants have been sent to Hand­wara and Bara­mulla for their burial.


Para­mil­i­tary per­son­nel re­turn­ing from the site of the gun­fight in Sri­na­gar.

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