Newly recruited militant killed in Shopian

Accused in killing of police officer arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Oct 1 : A newly recruited militant was killed in an encounter in Rakhama village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district today.
A police official said that based on specific inputs, a cordon and search operation was launched by a joint team of security forces.

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“It was found that a local militant was hiding there. He was repeatedly asked to surrender but he didn’t accept the offer and opened fire which was retaliated in which he was killed,” the official said. He added that slain had joined militant ranks just 20 days ago.
A police spokesman said that at about 5 am today, based on a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of militant in village Rakhama area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 34RR and 178Bn CRPF in the area.
“During the search operation, as the presence of the militant got ascertained he was given the opportunity to surrender, instead he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the police spokesman said.
“In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Mujeeb Lone son of Muhammad Amin Lone, a resident of Redwani Bala Kulgam was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.”
The police spokesman said that the slain militant had joined the militancy recently and was linked with LeT. “Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one pistol and one magazine were also recovered from the site of encounter,” he added.
This year so far, 113 militants have been killed in Kashmir including the infiltrating militants.
As per officials, July this year, was the deadliest month as 31 militants mainly from LeT were killed in the month alone. “Three militants were killed in January, followed by 5 in February, 11 in March, 17 in April, 11 in May, 11 in June, 31 militants in July, 16 in August and 8 in September,” the officials said.
Meanwhile, police in Srinagar arrested an accused involved in killing of Inspector Parvez Ahmad. He has been identified as Muheeb Bashir Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar, resident of Manganwagi.
In this regard, a case FIR No 75/2021 U/S 302 IPC; 13,16,18,23, UL(P)Act of Police Station Nowgam has already been registered.
Police said that accused arrested is also involved in many other militancy related incidents.
Police said that on a specific input regarding the movement of militants and their planning to attack on security forces, a joint checkpoint was established at Mujhmarg Junction by Shopian Police, 1st RR and 178Bn CRPF.
“During checking, a suspicious person was intercepted who on seeing the search party tried to flee from the spot but the alert party apprehended him tactfully. He has been identified as Kamran Bashir Hajam son of Bashir Ahmed Hajam, resident of Babapora, affiliated with the LeT.
During his personal search, one Hand Grenade and 29 rounds of 7.62 mm calibre were recovered from his possession.
“Accordingly, a case vide FIR no. 117/2021 under relevant sections of law has been registered at PS Zainapora. Further investigation is going on”, Police said.
Police also arrested another militant of LeT outfit in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today.
Pulwama police and security forces apprehended a categorised militant identified as Shamim Sofi son of Ghulam Mohammad Sofi of Nikloora. He said that incriminating material including arms and ammunition were also recovered from his possession.
Police in Budgam arrested two absconders who were wanted in a case and evading arrest for the past 12 years.
“Acting on a tip-off about the presence of the accused absconders at a specified location, a police team headed by I/C Police Post Soibugh arrested the absconders at Soibugh, Budgam”, Police said.
The accused have been identified as, Fayaz Ahmad Ganie son of Ali Mohammad Ganie, resident of Hajibagh Soibugh and Manzoor Ahmed Kumar son of Salaam Kumar, resident of Sanoor Magam. “The accused were involved in many FIRs registered against them in various Police stations of the district and will be produced before the court of law,” the police said.