Udhampur attacker is from Srinagar: Police

The police have identified the militant killed in Monday’s Udhampur encounter as Tanveer Sultan, a 31-year-old Srinagar resident.

Contesting the police claim, Tanveer Sultan’s family sought an inquiry into the attack, which left one woman dead and two injured.

Responding to Opposition parties’ questions on the Udhampur encounter in the Assembly on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said: “The identity of the person, who fired upon a joint patrol of the police and the CRPF from a passenger bus in Udhampur’s Kud area, has been established as Tanveer Sultan, a resident of Ibrahim Colony Bemina, Srinagar.”

Mr. Lone said one AK-47, one pistol and ammunition, were recovered from him.

Tanveer Sultan’s elder brother, Arshid Sultan Sheikh, however, said the case was fabricated.

“My brother [Tanveer] was associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba till 2004. Thereafter he was arrested and later released. He was now leading a normal life with the family. The police would usually call him on August 15 and January 26 and he was under constant watch,” said Mr. Sheikh.

Family members claimed Tanveer was suffering from bipolar disorder. “He was on the way to Amritsar for treatment,” they added.

Tanveer’s another elder brother Gowhar Sultan Sheikh was killed in 1994 in Batamaloo area during an encounter.

The Bemina area of Srinagar witnessed tension all day. Local youths clashed with the security forces, which fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.

Civilian identified

The government identified the civilian who died of bullet injury on Monday as Mamta Devi, 45, a resident of Chatha Ranibagh, Jammu. The two injured — Rubi, 32, a resident of Krishena Nagar, Jammu, and Balbir Singh, 50, a resident of Gurdaspur, Punjab — were shifted to a hospital.

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