Srinagar/ June,21 Mudasir Pandit a top commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit and two other militants were killed in an overnight gunfight with government forces in Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Monday.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir Range Vijay Kumar said the encounter took place in Gund Brath area of Sopore in the north Kashmir district. The encounter had started late on Sunday night as government forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area following information about presence of an least three militants, including Pandit, in the area. In a tweet the IGP said ‘Top LeT #militant Mudasir Pandit who was involved in #killing of 03 policemen, 02 councilors & 02 civilians recently and other several # crimes got killed in Sopore #encounter”. IGP Kumar also said that the Pandit was wanted by government forces in many cases, including the killing of two BJP councillors and a policeman during a meeting in Sopore in March this year. The IGP said Pandit’s killing was a major relief for the local population. Another militant has been identified as a Pakistani national.