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Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in Shopian encounter

Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Monday.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

Weapons and war-like stores were recovered, says the Army

Security forces killed three Hizbul Mujahideen militants in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Monday. “Three terrorists were eliminated in a joint operation in Shopian’s Wachi,” said a Srinagar-based Army spokesman.

The Army said all the three slain militants were affiliated to Hizbul Mujahideen. “Weapons and war-like stores recovered,” said the Army.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Wacchi area of Shopian district following information about presence of terrorists there, a police official said. He said the terrorists were asked to surrender but they opened fire towards security forces’ positions.

One of the slain terrorists was been identified as Adil Ahmad, a special police officer who had deserted the force in 2018 and decamped with seven AK assault rifles from the official residence of then MLA Wacchi Aijaz Ahmad Mir from Jawahar Nagar area of the city, the official said. The identification of the other two terrorists is being ascertained, he added.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Wachi, following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the militants were asked to surrender but they opened fire. “In the ensuing encounter, the three militants were killed,” the official said.

One of the slain militants was identified as Adil Ahmad, a special police officer who had deserted the force in 2018. He had decamped with seven AK assault rifles and a pistol from the official residence of then Wachi MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir from Jawahar Nagar area in Srinagar, the official said.

The other two militants were identified as Waseem Wani and Jahangir, he said.

The DGP said Hizbul Mujahideen is on the “verge of elimination” in south Kashmir.

The police force has made a successful start to 2020, he told reporters.

The operations have been successful due to increased movement of security forces following leads provided by militants arrested along with Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, now suspended, on January 11, he added.

The DGP said Wani was one of the top-ranking commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen. He was involved in 19 cases, including killings of four civilians and as many policemen.

“Adil was also involved in some of these killings after he deserted the police force in September 2018,” he said.

Mr. Singh said the elimination of this group of militants will remove fear from the minds of people in Shopian and bring closure to the kin of their victims.

Stressing the need for deradicalisation centres, he said some of the radicalised youth, who have been caught by police, did not seem to talk sense sometimes.

(With inputs from PTI)

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