Srinagar: A surrendered militant who injured a policeman after snatching his rifle at a camp in south Kashmir’s Tral town was killed in overnight gunfight with state forces, police said Thursday.
In a statement issued to media here, a police spokesperson said that Mohammad Amin Malik of Nagbal Machhma area was “neutralized” in an overnight operation jointly conducted by police, army’s 42RR and the personnel of CRPF 180 battalion at Police Component complex Tral.
Malik, a militant operative, as per police was arrested on May 30 and arms, ammunitions and explosives including unlicensed 12 bore gun, live rounds, explosives, iron/steel balls, 9 feature phones and other warlike stores used in fabrication of IEDs was recovered from him, the police spokesperson said, adding following the recovery a case FIR No. 48/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered at Police Station Tral.
“The militant operative was on police remand and on June 2 he was brought from Police Station Tral to the Police Component, Tral for further interrogation,” he said.
Divulging more details, the police spokesperson said that during the interrogation, Malik got hold of the AK-47 rifle of constable Amjad Khan and fired indiscriminately with intention to kill the cops.
“He critically wounded Constable Amjad Khan. The militant operative then took total control of the interrogation room and engaged the policemen by firing intermittently from the snatched weapon,” he said.
“Sensing grave danger to the lives of policemen and that of the militant operative, his mother and Executive Magistrate were brought to the site and repeated sincere efforts were made to persuade him to throw away the weapon and surrender,” he added.
The police spokesperson said that showing complete defiance to such persuasions and refusing to surrender, Malik also fired upon the police party engaged in persuasion.
“One of the police personnel was hit with a bullet on chest and survived because of the bulletproof jacket he was wearing,” he said, adding that after failing all efforts to ensure his surrender, the militant was engaged in a gun fight following the rules and SoP of such engagement and was neutralised.
“The snatched weapon was recovered from the possession of the militant operative. In this regard, case FIR No. 61/2021 under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Tral and investigation is taken up,” said the police spokesperson.
He further said that the body of slain militant was sent to Police Hospital Srinagar for medico-legal formalities.
According to the police spokesperson, Malik had remained an active militant of Hizbul Mujahideen in the past and was arrested in 2003. His brother Shabir Malik was also a militant of Ansar Gazwat-ul Hind and was killed in an encounter at Brenpathri in 2019.
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