3 Militants Killed in Fresh Shopian Encounter

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Shopian: Three militants were killed in an encounter that started between the militants and security forces in Amshipora village of South Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday.

An official said that a joint team of Police, army’s 62 RR and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them which was retaliated triggering an encounter.

“During exchange of fire, three militants were killed whose identification is being ascertained,” the official said, adding that that arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site.

Pertinently with the killing of three more militants, the toll of militants killed in ongoing year has reached to 136 in J&K. Furthermore as a precautionary measure, internet services were snapped in Shopian district.

Meanwhile, J&K police in a statement said that on a specific input by 62RR about presence of militants in village Amshipora area of District Shopian, an operation was launched by them in the said area.

“During search militants fired upon Army personnel and encounter started. Later on police and CRPF also joined, they said while adding that during encounter three unidentified militants were killed,” the police statement said. “Bodies of all the killed three militants were retrieved from the site of encounter and the identification and affiliation of the slain is being ascertained," the statement said.

They said, adding that incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. "All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes," the statement said, adding that the bodies of the killed militants have been sent to Baramulla for their last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including collection of their DNA and in case any family claims the killed militants to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification and participation in last rites at Baramulla. “"Case FIR No. 42/2020 under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Hirpora and investigation has been initiated into the matter," the statement said.



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