Two Month Old Militant Killed In Shopian Encounter: Police

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Another Gunfight Rages In Sopore, Two Militants Believed To Be Trapped

Srinagar: A Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT) militant on Friday was killed in an encounter with government forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, while another gunfight has raged in Sopore town of Baramulla district where two local militants are believed to be trapped, officials said Friday.

Around 3:00 pm Friday, they said, police, army’s 44 RR and the personnel of CRPF 14 battalion launched a cordon and search operation in Ganapora area of Shopian district after receiving specific input regarding the presence of militants in the orchards of the village. The officials said that the militants opened fire upon the search team when they were given an opportunity to surrender.

“The joint search party retaliated to the fire leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter,” a police spokesperson said.

He identified the killed militant as Aitmad Ahmad Dar resident of Awend Shopian associated with Lashkar. Dar, he said, was active since March this year and was involved in several militancy cases.

“Arms and ammunition including 01 AK-56 rifle & other incriminating materials were recovered from the encounter site. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other crimes,” the police spokesperson said.

He said that Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and initiated investigations in this regard.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.

Meanwhile, another gun-battle broke out between militants and state forces in Sopore town of Baramulla district on Friday evening.

According to a police spokesperson, around 7:30 pm, a joint party of police and central forces came under fire when they were laying a cordon of a suspected house in Usmanabad village of Warpora in Sopore.

“Militants fired upon our party and escaped from the house during a brief exchange of fire. Reinforcements came and nearby orchard cordoned and search is going on. Further details shall follow,” the police spokesperson added.

According to the reports, two militants are believed to be trapped in the area which has been placed under tight siege by the government forces.

Friday’s twin encounters came a day after Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said that while the Covid pandemic has affected the fight against militancy in the valley, government forces are focussed and the operations against the ultras will be stepped up in the coming time.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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