Killer of Bank Manager among 2 militants shot dead in Shopian

Rajni Bala’s shooter trapped in Kulgam

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, June 15: Two militants including one involved in the killing of Bank Manager were killed in an overnight gun battle in Kanji Ullar area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district today.
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Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said that one of the killed militants was involved in the killing of Bank Manager Vijay Kumar. He identified him as Jan Mohd Lone, resident of Braripora Shopian and the other militant has been identified as Tufail Nazir Ganie, resident of Ramnagri Shopian.
The Manager of the Ellaquai Dehati Bank, Vijay Kumar, was killed in Kulgam on June 2 inside his bank.
Earlier, acting on specific information regarding presence of militants in village Kanji Ullar area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 34 RR of Army and CRPF.
The hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated , leading to an encounter in which two militants were killed.
As per police records, both the killed militants were linked to the LeT and were part of groups involved in several killings and attacks.
The IGP said that Jan Mohammad was earlier working as OGW of LeT’s district commander Adil Ramzan and he killed Bank Manager on the direction of said LeT commander. “Since then we have been tracking him,” he said.
Tufail Nazir had earlier escaped from two encounters at Chaki Samad area of Kulgam on April 9 and Khur-Batpora area of Kulgam on April 11 this year.
“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one AK-47 rifle and one pistol were recovered from the site of encounter,” police said.
In the meantime, two militants have been trapped in Mishipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district today.
The operation was launched yesterday and the militants fled from the area but were trapped in adjacent area.  An official said that firing resumed today after night long lull.
He said that one among the trapped militant was responsible for killing Rajni Bala, a school teacher.
Bala, 36, wife of Raj Kumar, a resident of Samba in Jammu division, was shot dead by militants at High School Gopalpora in Kulgam on 31st May this year.
A cop was injured after militants hurled a grenade towards police party in Padshahi Bagh area of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district this evening.
Militants lobbed a grenade on police party, which resulted in splinter injuries to a policeman.
He has been shifted to nearby hospital for treatment, where his condition is stated to be stable, the officer added.
Meanwhile, whole area has been cordoned off to nab fleeing militants.