2 Militants Killed in ‘Chance Encounter’ in Bijbehara: Police

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Srinagar- Two militants were killed in a “brief chance encounter” at Thajiwara Bijbehara area of Anantnag on Wednesday, police said this evening.

Police identified them as Fayaz Ahmad Kumar alias Faheem Kumar son of Mohammad Ramzan Kumar and Owais Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan, both residents of Waghama Bijbehara.

“As per police records, both were involved in several cases and civilian atrocities including attack on police personnel at Cheeniwooder Srigufwara on 03/07/2022 in which one police personnel Firdous Ahmad Dar got seriously injured,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

They were also involved in an attack on Police personnel Ghulam Qadir at Darashikon Park Bijbehara on 12 August this year in which he received grievous gunshot injuries, he said. “Besides, they were also involved in grenade lobbing incidents at Padshahibagh on 15 June 2022 and Sangam Chowk on 22 August 2022.”

The spokesperson said that arms, ammunition and other “incriminating” materials were recovered from the site of encounter.

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

“ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar congratulated Anantnag Police for carrying out a successful and swift encounter without any collateral damage,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said, Police arrested two “hybrid” militants of Lashker-e-Toiba. They have been identified as Faizan Fayaz Bhat son of Fayaz Ahmad Bhat of Budden Rafiabad Sopore and Yawar Nizam Mir son of Nizamuddin Mir of Konsoo Shopian.

“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including two Pistols, two Pistol Magazines, two Grenades, 20 Pistol rounds, 1AK-47 magazine and 50-AK live rounds were recovered from their possession.”

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