Srinagar: Life remained crippled for the second day on Wednesday in Tujjar sharief, Sopore, where two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including a top commander, were killed by security forces in an encounter which ensued during Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) early Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, police has identified both the LeT militants, including a top commander, resident of Pakistan.
Life in Sopore main town was normal with business and other activities going on normally though mobile internet service remained suspended and educational institutions closed for the second day today.
Official sources said that shops and business establishments remained closed in Tujjar sharief and adjoining areas for the second day today. Traffic was also off the roads though private vehicles were plying. One of the slain militant killed by security forces in an encounter yesterday identified as Abdul Majeed Mir alias Sameer is a local resident of Tujjar sharief Bomai, Sopore while the other is Abu Maaz, a top commander of LeT, resident of Pakistan.
There was no hartal in Sopore town where shops and business establishments were functioning normally and traffic was plying on all roads. However, traffic was disrupted on Sopore-Bandipora and Sopore-Baramulla road after people protesting against water shortage blocked it at Green town, Sopore. Hundreds of vehicles got stranded on the road as agitators refused to allow demanding assurance that water will be supplied.
Mobile internet of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) remained suspended as a precautionary measure for the second day today to prevent spread of rumours. Educational institutions also remained closed in Sopore, they added.
Two LeT militants were killed in a joint operation by Army, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF early yesterday morning.
Police spokesman said that the slain militatns were active in the area and were involved in various cases of civilian killings and attacks on security establishments. They were also found involved in Case FIR No 02/2018 of Police Station Bomai which pertains to the killing of Arif Maqbool Sofi R/O Wahipora Handwara, FIR No 37/2018 PS Bomai which pertains to the killing of Mohammad Ashraf Mir R/O Harwan and FIR No 72/2018 of PS Bomai which pertains to the recent killing of Mushtaq Ahmad Mir S/O Ghulam Rasool Mir R/O Harwan Sopore.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said here this evening that the LeT commander Abu Maaz, a Pak resident was operating in north Kashmir since 2015.
He was involved in series of militant activities in the area particularly in Sopore and Handwara. He was involved in several attacks on the Security Forces and killings of civilians in the area. Several cases were registered against him in different police stations across valley for his militant activities.
Spokesman said some of the prominent cases included firing on a civilian namely Tymur Ahmad Lone son of Mohammad Ayoub Lone resident of Thagund, Rafiabad on 09-09-2015 (FIR No. 55/2015 of P/S Dangiwacha), killing of Fayaz Ahmad Rather resident of Saidpora Rafiabad on 29-07-2016 (FIR No. 2838/2016 of P/S Sopore), grenade lobbing near Bank Sopore in which four cops got injured (FIR No. 143/2017 of P/S Sopore), killing of Arif Maqbool Sofi resident of Wahipora Handwara (FIR No. 02/2018 of P/S Bomai), killing of Mohammad Ashraf Mir resident of Harwan (FIR No. 37/2018 of P/S Bomai).
Maaz was also involved in attack on Police Post (PP) Langate (FIR No. 376/2016 of P/S Handwara), attack on Army convoy at Langate in which two Army Jawans got injured (FIR No. 353/2016 of P/S Handwara), attack on BSF convoy at Udipora Langate in two BSF Jawans got injured (FIR No. 438/2016 of P/S Handwara), attack on Army party at Hajin Handwara in which one Army officer got martyrdom (FIR No. 05/2017 of P/S Kralgund), attack on SPO Mohammad Altaf Khan son of Ghulam Ahmad resident of Hajin Handwara (FIR No. 63/2017 of P/S Kralgund) and killing of civilian namely Ghulam Nabi Khawaja son of Abdul Rahim resident of Kralgund Handwara ( FIR No 103/2017 of PS Kralgund).
This was key operation without any collateral damage. Police is further investigating the case, he said.