Militant Killed In Nowgam Encounter: Police

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Ajaz Ali

Srinagar: A local Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant was killed in an overnight gunfight with state forces in Nowgam area of the city outskirts, police said Wednesday.

Uzair Ashraf Dar, a resident of Wandina village in Zainapora area of Shopian was killed by the joint team of police, army and CRPF during the nightlong gun-battle in Wagoora area of Nowgam in the city outskirts, a police official told Kashmir Observer Wednesday. Dar, he said had joined militant ranks in January this year and was part of groups involved in many attacks on government forces.

According to the police official, one pistol along with a magazine and six rounds of ammunition besides two grenades were recovered from the encounter spot.

“All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other crimes,” the police official said.

In this connection, he said, police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.

The encounter, as per the police official started around 11:45pm Tuesday when the government forces launched search operation in the area on the basis of specific information suggesting presence of militants.

“During the search operation as the presence of militant got ascertained he was given an opportunity to surrender, however, he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the police spokesperson said.

Initially, police had claimed presence of two militants in the area when the gunfight raged on.

Meanwhile, the police have urged people to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any.

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