Srinagar: Police and Security Forces during the preceding night jointly launched search operation based on credible inputs about the presence of militants at Galoora area of Langate in Handwara, police said
During the searches, militants fired on the search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the encounter two militants were killed.
The two killed militants have been identified as Furqan Rashid Lone @ Adil and Liyaqat Ahmad Lone @ Sahaba @ Umar Khalid, police said.
Furqan Rashid Lone alias Adil son of Ab Rashid was a resident of Shartpora, Langate and was affiliated with proscribed terror outfit LeT. He was wanted in a number of criminal cases registered at Police Station Handwara: FIR No. 271/2016 U/S 148, 149, 307, 436, 332 RPC of Police Station Handwara; FIR No.334/2016 U/S 148,149,307,436, 332 RPC of Police Station Handwara; FIR No.357/2017 U/S 120RPC, 18 ULA of Police Station Handwara.
Liyaqat Ahmad Lone alias Sahaba alias Umar Khalid son of Gh Mohi u din Lone was resident of Harwan, Sopore and was affiliated with proscribed militant outfit LeT. He had a long history of involvement in militant related activities and was wanted in a number of criminal cases FIR No. 45/2016 under section 18b, 20 ULA of Police Station Bomia; FIR 81/2017 under section 363, 376 RPC of Police Station Bomai regarding kidnapping and rape of a minor local girl.
Liyaqat along with other LeT militants Gani Khawaja resident of Kralgund and Majid Mir resident of Nowpora Sopore is involved in case FIR No.70/2018 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act of Police Station Bomai regarding the murder of Hakim-ur-Rehman Sultani resident of Bomai on 08-09-2018, police said.