Srinagar: Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbagh Singh along with Inspector General of J&K Police Vijay Kumar addressing a press conference regarding the killing of top three Hizbul Mujahideen Commanders in Tral encounter, in Srinagar on Wednesday, Feb 19 2020. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie
Feb 19: Security forces Wednesday killed
three top militants including a Hizbul Mujahedeen commander in a fierce
encounter at Sherabad area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
slain militants have been identified as Jahangir Rafiq Wani and Raja Maqbool
residents of Tral, and Saddat Ahmad Thokar, a resident of Bijbhera.
General of Police Dilbag Singh said the slain militants were involved in
civilian killings and damaging public property in south Kashmir.
have been continuing our anti-militancy operations. Today we killed three Hizbul Mujahedeen
militants in Sherabad. The slain militants included Jahangir Rafiq Wani who
replaced the erstwhile HM commander Hammad Khan. Huge cache of arms and
ammunition has been recovered from the site of encounter,” he said.
said Jahangir along with Raja Maqbool were involved in the killing of two
civilians, Mehraj ud din Zargar and Ghulam Nabi Mir, at Tral. After abrogation
of Article 370, he set chemist’s shop and a truck on fire. “He was a dreaded
militant who terrorized people and even set a mosque at Ameerabad on fire,”
the killing of these two militants, DGP said 23 militants have been killed so
far in 10 “successful” anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
two encounters at Jammu, four militants were killed. In Kashmir, 19 militants
have been killed so far. During these operations, no collateral damage took
place,” he said.
DGP said several militant modules were busted in 2020 and 40 Over Ground
Workers (OGW) of militants were arrested.
joining militant ranks have dropped considerably, which is actually a good
trend. Eight youth, who ran away from home to join militancy, have been
reunited with their families. Right now, shops and traffic are functioning
normally” he said.
Umar Fayaz, who was injured during militant attack at Lawaypora, police chief
said he has not been given a clean chit as yet.
condition is bad and he has been sent home for treatment. When he gets well, he
will be taken into custody and interrogated,” he said.
backed government’s decision to defer elections for vacant Panchayat seats in
Jammu and Kashmir. “Right now operations are happening. The government’s
decision must be based on solid grounds,” he said.
said the launching pads of militants in Pakistan Administered Kashmir “remained
full” with militants during winter season, who he said were looking for
opportunity to sneak in towards India’s territory.
these launching pads were active now and “desperately” waiting for opportunity.
don’t know the exact number of militants in these launching pads. These
launching pads would getting empty earlier during snowfall but this winter the
militants have not been withdrawn. Their activities are going on and waiting
for opportunity to cross LoC,” he said.
said the ceasefire violations this year so far have increased by Pakistan to
push militants across the border.
said some of their attempts of infiltration by militants have been successful.
the forces there are giving befitting reply to the ceasefire violation and are
also making their attempts unsuccessful. The militants who were killed in Jammu
region had also infiltrated recently, which is being investigated. Pakistan
wants to keep water warm on LoC,” he said.
further informed that a drone from Pakistan crossed border in Kathua and
returned after the BSF opened fire.”