MOS Home Makes Statement On Lolab Incident

JAMMU: Minister of State for Home, Sajad Ahmed Kichloo Wednesday told Legislative Assembly that a joint operation was launched by 18 RR, 31 RR and SOG of District Kupwara on February 24 2014 in the Dardpora forests. 

The statements reads: Seven militants were killed in the said operation. The bodies of killed militants were brought to Police Station Lalpora. Case FIR NO. 07/2014 u/s 307 RPC, 7/27 I.A Act was registered in Police Station Lalpora relating to this encounter.

On 25th February, 2014 morning, post-mortem of the killed militants was got conducted by a medical team. In the meanwhile, a mob gathered outside the Police Station Lalpora which started raising anti-national slogans and resorted to heavy stone pelting on Police Station and Government/ Private vehicles, resulting in damage to the Police station building and 11 government vehicles, including an ambulance of Health Department. 

Besides, seven private vehicles were damaged. The mob also set ablaze the bunkers (Sentry Posts) of Police Station Lalpora.

In order to protect the life and property and to prevent storming of the Police Station by the mob, police resorted to tear smoke shells to disperse the mob. With the help of re-enforcement from Kupwara, the mob was dispersed and situation brought under control. Due to stone pelting, 21 police personnel received injuries. However, no civilian got injured as police exercised maximum restraint, discipline and professionalism.

The dead  were confirmed to be militants who were operating into the forests of Lolab. After completing the medico-legal formalities like post-mortem, photography, DNA sampling, the bodies were handed over to local Auquaf Committee of Lalpora which also confirmed that none of the killed militants was a local/civilian. These dead bodies were then buried in a local graveyard at Lalpora.

In connection with the events of 25th February, 2014, case FIR No. 8/2014 u/s 307, 148,147, 149, 336, 436 RPC Sec. 03 of PTT Act ( Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act) has been registered in Police Station Lalpora. District Administration Kupwara has taken all possible measures to avoid any law and order situation and to ensure that peace is not disturbed and general public is not put to any inconvenience. 

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