Srinagar: Police and Security Forces in the wee hours today launched a search operation at Gazi Gund Dooru in District Anantnag. During the searches, encounter started off between security forces and militants. In the ensuing encounter a local militant identified as Asif Malik who was operating as commander of a proscribed militant outfit LeT was killed. He was involved in several attacks on security forces including the killing of CRPF men at Achabal this year and in many other cases of ‘civilian atrocities’. One security force man identified as Happy Singh of 19 RR was also killed in the encounter, polci eaid.
Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter.
In another encounter at Budgam which started today morning at Panzan area of Chadoora in district Budgam, Security Forces neutralized two militants identified as Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat resident of Kralwari Chadoora and Irfan Ahmad Dar resident of Kakapora Pulwama affiliated with proscribed militant outfit HM. Irfan Ahmad Dar was working as SPO and had deserted a couple of months ago, police said.
Pertinently, the militants fired on a search party from a nearby mosque and subsequently area was taken into cordon. The local Auqaf Committee was engaged to convince the militants to come out. Security forces also appealed the militants to come out However, the militants turned down the offer and consequently the operation had to be carried out in a deliberate manner keeping intact the sanctity of the mosque. In this operation, one security forces’ man also sustained bullet injuries and was evacuated to hospital for medical treatment, police said.
In another incident at Noor Bagh in Srinagar city, Security Forces acting on a credible input cordoned a cluster of houses where the hiding militants fired indiscriminately resulting in death of an civilian identified as Saleem Malik son of Mohammad Yaqoob Malik.
Police has initiated investigation in all the cases.