6 Slain Militants Identified: Police

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SRINAGAR: Six out of seven militants killed in the Dardpora forests of Lalpora, Lolab have been identified. These militants belonged to Lashkar-i-Taiba outfit and were all Pakistani nationals, Dy. Inspector General of Police North Kashmir told a press conference today.

Giving details DIG J.B.Singh said that, on 24th of February a fierce gun battle took place between a group of heavily armed militants and Army/Police Kupwara in the Dardpora Forest of Lalpora, Lolab. Seven militants were eliminated and operation continued next 24 hours. Besides huge cache of arms and ammunition and quantities of war like stores, matrix sheets, eatables etc, two mobile phones were also recovered from the site of encounter.

He said that the investigation of the case was carried out on “scientific and technical methods”. The investigation along with the account of eye witnesses revealed that this group was operating in the area of Hardoona Foests of Vilgam, Police District Handwara and Lolab, Dardpora forests for quite some time. 

The investigations also revealed that the same group was responsible for the murder of one Head Constable of JKP namely Sonauallh who was slaughtered by them in the forests of Hardoona Vilagam. 

The attack on army convey on 16 November 2013 at Drugmulla was also carried out by the same group, he added.

The DIG said that bodies and photos of killed militants were shown to the people of area where these militants were active and they confirmed that these killed militants were of foreign origin and belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and were in this area for quite a long time.

On the basis of evidence collected, he identified the slain as Sufian, Rehman, Qari, Kashif, Dawood and Arqam/Irkam all residents of PaK. 

However, one killed militant was yet to be identified, he said.

The unidentified militant is also of foreign origin and had been seen with the same group, DIG said. 

“During the post-mortem, procedure of comprehensive investigation was followed. Photography was conducted, DNA samples were collected and dead bodies were handed over to local Auqaf for burial. The Auqaf committee conducted the burial only after proper verification and ascertaining that none of them was a local” Singh said.

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