Kulgam April 12: Police and Army neutralised two terrorists including a Pakistani terrorist in an encounter at Khurbatpora area of Kulgam. Besides, huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered in Anantnag.
On 11.04.2022, based on specific input generated by Kulgam Police regarding movement of terrorists in a vehicle on Manzgam-Aharbal axis, a special joint team of Police & Army was constituted. At about 1750hrs, a three-wheeler vehicle (Tempo) was spotted near Khur-Batpora moving in suspicious conditions which was chased and challenged. However, the terrorists travelling in the suspected vehicle jumped out and resorted to indiscriminate firing towards the joint team of forces. The terrorists’ fire was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.
In the initial exchange of fire two police personnel got critically injured and were evacuated amidst the heavy firing and air lifted to Army’s Base Hospital Srinagar where their condition is stable now.
In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved. They have been identified as a Pakistani terrorist Jameel Pasha @Usman Chacha linked with proscribed terror outfit JeM & a hybrid terrorist Sameer Ahmad Sofi son of Farooq Ahmad Sofi, resident of Amshipora, Shopian.
As per police records, the killed terrorist Jameel Pasha was active since 05 years in Kulgam-Shopian belt and had a history of terror crime cases including attacks on Police/SF, abduction of forces personnel, civilian atrocities, IED attacks, weapon looting. Besides, he was also instrumental in recruitment of gullible youth into terror folds. It is pertinent to mention that the killed terrorists were part of the group that escaped after a brief gunfight in Chaki Samad area of Kulgam on 09.04.2022.
IGP Kashmir appreciated joint team for conducting successful operation which led to elimination of most wanted Pakistani terrorist.
Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 01 AK47 rifle, 03 AK47 Magazine, 36 AK 47 rounds, 01 Pistol, 01 Pistol Magazine, 05 Pistol rounds, 01 Grenade catch 86P, 01 BP Pouch and 01 weapon Oil Bottle have been recovered. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes. Also the vehicle used in commission of crime has been seized.
In this connection, a Case vide FIR No 09/2022 under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Manzgam and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.
Moreover, yesterday at about 2245hrs, Police in Anantnag while on routine night domination near Mehmood Abad Bridge Dooru spotted a vehicle which stopped after noticing police party and raised suspicion to the domination party. The police party challenged the vehicle by firing some aerial gunshots to cope the boarding person however, the driver managed to escape taking the advantage of the darkness and left vehicle abandoned.
During search of the vehicle, huge cache of arms & ammunition including 01 AK-56, 02 Pistol, 02 AK magazines, 03 Pistol magazines, 06 Hand grenades, 44 rounds of AK-47, 58 rounds of 7.9mm and 01 Sling have been recovered. Accordingly, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Dooru and investigation has been initiated.