Were ‘in­volved’ in killings of a CRPF man and a child re­cently; arms and am­mu­ni­tion re­cov­ered

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Two ter­ror­ists were killed in a gun­bat­tle with se­cu­rity forces at Waghama in Jammu & Kash­mir’s Anant­nag dis­trict on Tues­day, four days af­ter they fired at a CRPF pa­trol and left a trooper and an 8-year-old boy dead, a top po­lice of­fi­cer said.

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Two mil­i­tants, al­legedly in­volved in the killings of a CRPF man and a mi­nor boy, were killed in an en­counter with se­cu­rity forces in south Kash­mir’s Anant­nag dis­trict on Tues­day, of­fi­cials said.

A joint cor­don and search op­er­a­tion was launched by the Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice, the army’s 3-Rashtriya Ri­fles and CRPF af­ter get­ting spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about pres­ence of mil­i­tants in Anant­nag’s Waghama vil­lage.

“Dur­ing the search op­er­a­tion, the ter­ror­ists were given an op­por­tu­nity to sur­ren­der. How­ever, they fired in­dis­crim­i­nately upon the search party, lead­ing to an en­counter,” a po­lice spokesman said.

“Two uniden­ti­fied ter­ror­ists were killed and their bod­ies were re­trieved from the en­counter site. The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and af­fil­i­a­tion of the slain ter­ror­ists is be­ing as­cer­tained,” he added.

The spokesman said some in­crim­i­nat­ing ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing arms and am­mu­ni­tion, were also re­cov­ered from the en­counter site. The bod­ies of the slain mil­i­tants have been sent to north Kash­mir’s Hand­wara for last rites af­ter con­duct­ing medico-le­gal for­mal­i­ties in­clud­ing 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.

Kash­mir in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice, Vi­jay Kumar, said both the slain mil­i­tants along with an­other ter­ror­ist Zahid were in­volved in killing of a po­lice­man last year and that of two CRPF per­son­nel and a mi­nor boy re­cently. Af­ter the at­tack, po­lice had iden­ti­fied and re­leased the pic­ture of Zahid Daas and reg­is­tered an FIR.

Kumar said he ap­pre­ci­ates the forces for ex­er­cis­ing ‘ut­most re­straint’, thereby en­sur­ing a ‘clean op­er­a­tion’ with no col­lat­eral dam­age.


Jammu and Kash­mir di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) Dil­bag Singh said the anti-ter­ror oper­a­tions con­tinue in Kash­mir and till date 128 ter­ror­ists have been elim­i­nated by the se­cu­rity forces. The DGP was in Poonch to re­view the se­cu­rity sce­nario along the LoC and in the hin­ter­land.

“Our anti-in­fil­tra­tion grid is in­tact on the bor­der and in the hin­ter­land but at the same time ter­ror launch pads of Pak­istan are also ac­tive and keep try­ing to push ter­ror­ists to this side. Our se­cu­rity forces have foiled their sin­is­ter de­signs and will keep do­ing so,” he told re­porters.

“In Kash­mir re­gion, our an­titer­ror oper­a­tions have been go­ing on and this month alone 48 ter­ror­ists have been elim­i­nated. Till June, the se­cu­rity forces have elim­i­nated 128 ter­ror­ists, out of which 70 be­longed to Hizbul Mu­jahideen, 20 each from Jaish-e-Mo­ham­mad and Lashkar-e-Toiba and re­main­ing from other ter­ror oufits,” the DGP said.


Army­men stand guard near the en­counter site on Tues­day.

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