JK News Today
Srinagar, May 22:
On a credible input, a cordon & search operation was launched by police and security forces at Gopalpora of D.H. Pora area in district Kulgam.
During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, 02 terrorists were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The identities and affiliations of the killed terrorists are being ascertained.
Incriminating material including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter.
Pertinently, with the efforts of police and security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the exchange of fire.
Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.
People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.
The killed terrorists have been identified as Irfan Manzoor Bhat of Poniwah Kulgam and Zahid Ahmad Mantoo of Ferripora Shopian.
According to the police records, the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM. They were wanted by law for their complicity in terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.
As per police records Zahid was involved in planning & executing series of terror attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities. Several terror crime cases were registered against him. He was involved in case FIR No 307/2018 pertaining to the killing of three policemen at Batgund Shopian last year. He was also involved in case FIR No 304/2018, 343/2018, 352/2018, 361/2018 pertaining to terror attacks and civilian atrocities in the area.
Irfan had joined the proscribed terror outfit HM recently and was part of terror group involved in the killing of Abdul Majeed Dar of Shalipora Kulgam for which case FIR No. 40/2019 was registered in P/S Kulgam. Some other criminal cases were also registered against him.
Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and all these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.
People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.