2 Militants From Srinagar Killed In Twin Encounters

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Srinagar: Two militants were killed in separate encounters in Bemina here and south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said Friday.

Police said later the two slain militants were responsible for killing of a police officer and a civilian in Srinagar city early this month.

Around 5:30pm Friday, police, Army 53 RR and the personnel of CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Wahibug area of Pulwama on the basis of a specific input suggesting the presence of militants in the village, a police spokesperson said.

“During the search operation, he said, as the presence of militant got ascertained, he was given the opportunity to surrender.

“Instead he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated, leading to an encounter,” the police spokesperson said, adding that in the ensuing encounter one militant was killed.

The police spokesperson identified the slain militant as Shahid Bashir Sheikh of Habba Kadal, Srinagar.

As per police records, the spokesperson said that Sheikh had joined the “terror folds” recently and was linked with LeT.

“He was involved in killing of PDD employee Mohammad Shafi Dar at Batamaloo Srinagar on October 10,” he said, adding that the killed militant was also responsible for “creating terror” among the locals by threatening, intimidating and killing civilians.

In a separate encounter, the police spokesperson said another militant was killed in Bemina area of Srinagar city.

Tanzeel Ahmad of Habba Kadal Srinagar was killed after police launched an input driven search operation around 6:55pm Friday in Hamdaniya Colony in Bemina area here, he said.

He said the militant turned down surrender offer and instead fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, he said, Ahmad was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.

“As per police records, he had joined the terror folds recently and was linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF). He was involved in killing of PSI Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar area of Srinagar on 12/09/2021,” the police spokesperson said.
“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 2 AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the site of encounters. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police have registered cases in both the incidents under relevant section of law in respective police stations and further investigation is in progress,” he added.

The police spokesperson quoted IGP Kashmir as appreciating Police for generating specific input and carrying out anti-militancy operation in professional manner without any collateral damage

“IGP Kashmir also said that besides these two specific killings, terrorists Shahid and Tanzeel were also collaborators in recent killings of one chemist and two teachers in City Srinagar,” he said.

He further said that 11 militants have been killed in 8 successful operations carried out in Kashmir Valley after the recent killings of civilians in Srinagar city.

“IGP Kashmir once again appeals to the parents of newly recruited terrorists to bring their children back to mainstream and assured that Police will assist and facilitate them,” the police spokesperson said.

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