2 LeT militants killed in Kulgam gun battle

Security personnel at the site of encounter at Kulgam on Wednesday. - Excelsior/Sajad Dar
Security personnel at the site of encounter at Kulgam on Wednesday. - Excelsior/Sajad Dar

Two arrested with arms

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, June 29: Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed in a gunfight in Nawpora Mirbazar area of Kulgam district today.

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Acting on a specific input, police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched a search operation in Nawpora area of Kulgam district today.
As the security forces intensified searches towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the search party, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.
Two local militants affiliated with LeT were killed in the gun battle and have been identified as Yasir Wani of Wangund, Qazigund and Rayees Ahmad of Chotipora, Shopian.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said like the recent operation at Trubji, this operation was also important as the site of encounter was very close to yatra route.
A police spokesman said that the killed militants were involved in several militancy related incidents including attacks on police, security forces and civilians.
“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one AK-47 rifle and one pistol were recovered from the site of encounter,” the spokesman said.
Police today arrested a Lashkar-e-Toiba hybrid militant along with arms and ammunition in Papachan area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Acting on specific information Bandipora police along with 14 RR and 3rd Bn CRPF arrested one hybrid militant of banned LeT outfit at naka point Papchan Bandipora.
An official said that the militant has been identified as Mehboob-ul-Inam alias Farhaan son of Inam-ul-Haq Shah of Nadihal Bandipora. On his search, one Chinese grenade which he had kept under the seat of his Scooty bearing Registration No. JK15A 0839 were recovered.
“On further interrogation, the arrested militant disclosed before security forces that he is associated with LeT and on the directions of LeT outfit has made a hideout inside his shop at Nadihal Market, where killed militants of LeT identified as Hyder alias Abu Muslim, Abu Ismail alias Faisal, Abu Hamza alias Okasha and Gulzar alias alias Faizan used to hide and stay,” he said.
The official said he also confessed that they had kept arms, ammunition and IED materials inside the hideout for which they were planning to recruit some local youths from North Kashmir especially from Bandipora district to strengthen the cadre base of LeT.
He said that later, a hideout was busted and arms and ammunition including three AK-rifles, 10 magazines, 380 rounds, 2 KGs IED substance, one Chinese grenade etc were recovered. “The hideout was also later destroyed by security forces”.
“Busting of hideout and recovery of arms, ammunition and IED material is a major achievement for security forces in Bandipora district as a major threat of attack has been averted by the timely action,” he said, adding that the Farhaan was in direct contact with Lashkar handlers from across the border and his arrest too is an achievement, as he may have been used to carry out attacks on security forces and minority community members by Pakistan.
In the meantime, a militant associate of LeT was today arrested in Budgam district in a case related to narco-militancy funding module.
A police spokesman said that during the course of investigation pertaining to busting of naro-militancy funding module, one more associate namely Showkat Ahmed Ganie alias RK son of Late Mohammad Kamal Ganie of Chadoora has been arrested.
He said that during investigation of the said case it came to fore that the arrested associate was involved in providing logistic support to LeT by distributing proceeds of narcotics to active militants and operatives of the outfit.