Srinagar: Four local militants among them three affiliated with JeM and one militant affiliated with LeT were killed in twin gunfights that broke out between militants and government forces Drach and Moolu areas in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said on Wednesday.
An official said that on specific input about the presence of militants, a joint team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operations in Drach and Moolu areas.
He said that as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which retaliated, thus triggering encounters.
He said during exchange of fire, three militants were killed who were affiliated with JeM in Drach and they have been identified as Zubair Maqbool of Doompora Keegam, Jamsheed Magray of Rajpora Pulwama and Hanan Bin Yaqoob of Kareemabad Pulwama.
He added that one militant identified as Arif Rashid Wani of Shirmal Shopian affiliated with LeT waa killed in Moolu Shopian.
ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that slain militants were involved in several militant crime cases and Hanan and Jamsheed were involved in Pinglena attack in which one SPO was killed.
A police spokesman in a statement issued on Wednesday said that Tuesday this week at about 2005 hrs, Police along with Army (44RR) and CRPF (14 Bn) launched a joint cordon and search operation in village Drach Keegam area of Shopian following an input regarding presence of militants in the said area. As the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the search party. The joint party retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.
“In the ensuing encounter, three local militants linked with proscribed militant outfit JeM were killed and their bodies were recovered from the site of encounter,” the spokesman said, adding, they have been identified as Zubair Maqbool Wani resident of Doompora Keegam, Jamsheed Ahmad Magray resident of Rajpora & Hanaan Bin Yaqoob alias Saqib resident of Kareemabad Pulwama.
Police said that all the killed militants are categorized militants and were involved in several militancy related crime cases including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities.
Militants Hanan Bin Yaqoob and Jamsheed were involved in recent killing of SPO Javed Dar on 02/10/2022 at Pinglana area of Pulwama and they were also involved in killing of an outside labourer from West Bengal in Gadoora. Besides, militant Jamshed was involved in Ratnipora militant attack where he shot & injured two outside labourers, police said.
Meanwhile, Police said today morning in the wee hours, on a specific input regarding the presence of militants at Moolu area of Shopian, police along with Army (44 RR) and CRPF (178 Bn) launched a joint cordon and search operation in the area.
“As the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately which was effectively retaliated by the joint search party resulting in the elimination of a local militant. He has been identified as Arif Rashid Wani resident of Shirmal, the spokesperson said, adding killed militants was a categorised militant linked with militant outfit LeT and he was involved in several militancy related crime cases including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities,” the statement said. “Arms & ammunition including 04 AK series rifles, 01 Pistol, 08 AK magazines, 04 Pistol magazines & other incriminating materials were recovered from both the encounter sites. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.”
Regarding the incidents, cases under relevant sections of law have been registered at respective police stations and further investigations have been initiated and People are requested to cooperate with Police till the areas at encounter sites are completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any, police said