Suspected terrorist ‘neutralised’ in Sopore encounter, arms and ammunition recovered

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 May 2019, 05:09 PM
Suspected terrorist ‘neutralised’ in Sopore encounter, arms and ammunition recovered
Suspected terrorist ‘neutralised’ in Sopore encounter, arms and ammunition recovered

One suspected terrorist was “neutralised” in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir’s Sopore of Baramulla on Saturday. The identity and affiliation of person was yet to ascertained, the J&K Police said. Arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site of encounter. In the anti-militancy operation, the spokesman said, a cordon and search operation was launched by security forces in the Hathlangoo area of Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.

During the search operation, terrorists fired upon the forces, triggering an encounter, he said.

One terrorist was killed in the gun battle, he added. The body of the slain terrorist was retrieved from the site of the encounter and his identity and affiliation was yet to be ascertained, the spokesman said.

He said incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of the encounter.

In another operation, three terrorists, including the one who was part of a group of ultras involved in the killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb last year, were on Saturday gunned down in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said.

Three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorists were killed in a pre-dawn operation by security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.

He said based on a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched by the police and security forces in the early hours of Saturday in the Panzgam area of Awantipora in Pulwama.

During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party of the forces, who retaliated, leading to an encounter, he said.

In the ensuing encounter, the spokesman said, three terrorists were killed.

He said they have been identified as Showkat Dar of Panzgam, Irfan War of Wadoora Payeen, Sopore, and Muzaffar Sheikh of Tahab, Pulwama.

"All the three killed terrorists, according to the police records, were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM. They were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes, including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities. Several terror crime cases were registered against them," he said.

As per police records, the spokesman said, Dar had a long history of terror crime records.

"He was involved in planning and executing series of terror attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities. He was part of a group involved in the killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb in 2018. He was also involved in the killing of a policeman Aqib Ahmad Wagay last year. Several terror crime cases were registered against him," he said.

Aurangzeb was abducted and later killed by militants in Pulwama in June last year while he was on his way to home in Poonch for celebrating Eid.

The spokesman said War was part of terror groups responsible for conspiring and executing attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area.

"Accordingly, terror crime cases were registered against him (War)," he said.

"Similarly, Sheikh, as per police records, was also involved in several terror attacks on security establishments in the area. Several criminal cases were registered against him for terrorist activities," he added.

Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said.

The police have registered a case and the material has been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation, he added.

The spokesman said with the efforts of police and security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the encounter.

First Published: Saturday, May 18, 2019 04:12 PM
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