Srinagar- Two local activists of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said on Wednesday.
Acting on a specific input regarding the presence of terrorists, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army’s 1 Rashtriya Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Kujjar area of Kulgam, a police spokesperson said.
During the search operation, he said, as the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately upon them, which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.
“In the ensuing encounter, 2 terrorists linked with proscribed terrorist outfit HM were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” the spokesperson said.
Police identified them as Basit Amin Bhat of Frisal and Saqib Ahmad Lone of Hawoora and said that both of them were involved in several terror crime cases.
Basit, the spokesperson said, was involved in case FIR No 93/2016 under section 147, 148, 149, 336, 332 RPC, Case FIR No 95/2016 under section 147, 148, 149, 336, 332 RPC, Case FIR No 35/2021 under section 18, 20, 38 UA(P) Act and Case FIR No 55/2021 under section 302 IPC, 7/27 A. Act 13, 16, 18, 38, 39 UA(P) of Police Station Yaripora.
Lone , he said, was involved in Case FIR No 41/2021 under section 13, 20, 38 UA (P) Act of Police Station Qaimoh
“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 02 AK series rifles were recovered from the site of the encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” the spokesperson said.
He quoted ADGP Kashmir as congratulating the joint team of Police and security forces for conducting a successful operation without any collateral damage and termed the operation a big success.
“Cordon & search operation will continue in the area. In this regard, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigation is in progress. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the operation in the area concludes and completely sanitized & cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” the spokesperson added.
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