Two militants including LeT district commander, army man killed in Shopian encounter: Police

‘Slain LeT commander was involved in killing of non-local carpenter in Pulwama on October 10, 15 militants killed so far in past two-weeks’

‘Slain LeT commander was involved in killing of non-local carpenter in Pulwama on October 10, 15 militants killed so far in past two-weeks’

Srinagar, Oct 20 (KNS): District commander Shopian of LeT was among two militants killed, while an army man was also killed in an encounter that broke out in Dragad area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday, police said here.

Police said that two army men also sustained bullet injuries in the encounter.

In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), a police spokesperson said that on a specific input regarding the presence of militants in Dragad area, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 44RR and  178Bn CRPF in the area.

“During the search operation, as the presence of militants got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender, instead they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the statement reads.

It reads that in the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.

“They have been identified as Adil Hussain Wani son of Ghulam Hussain Wani resident of Shirmal, District Commander Shopian of LeT (TRF) and Shakir Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Qadir Wani resident of Litter Pulwama. Meanwhile, during the exchange of fire three Army Jawans also sustained bullet injuries and were shifted to nearby hospital for the treatment, however, one among them namely Sepoy Karanveer Singh succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom,” it reads.

It reads that aper police records, both the killed terrorists were involved in several terror crime cases including civilian atrocities.

“Militant Adil Ahmad was active since July-2020 and was involved in several terror crime cases including recent killing of one poor carpenter Sageer Ahmad Ansari of Saharanpur UP at Litter Pulwama on 16/10/2021. One of the killers of said carpenter was resident of the same village and got active recently after joining militant folds. Reportedly, after committing the crime both militants shifted from Litter to Dragad Shopian,” it reads

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir congratulated the joint teams for carrying out today’s anti-militant operation successfully and also congratulated Police and Security Forces for working with great synergy and coordination on the ground that lead to 10 successful anti-militant operations post recent civilian killings.

“It is pertinent to mention that, during past two weeks 15 militants were eliminated in the operations and most of them were involved in recent civilian killings.”

IGP Kashmir also paid homage to the martyred Army Jawan for his supreme sacrifice in the service of nation and J&K Police stands by the family of the martyr at this critical juncture.

It reads that the Police have registered case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. (KNS)

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