LeT ‘commander’ among 4 militants killed in Anantnag
Srinagar, Mar 15:
A Lashkar-e-Toiba ‘commander’ was among four militants killed in a gunfight
with the security forces in Watrigam village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag
district on Sunday, police said.
A joint team of
the army’s 19 RR and Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police
launched a cordon and search operation in Watrigam near Dialgam, reports said.
As the joint team of the security forces approached the suspected spot, the
hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.
As per reports,
militants were in a small hideout inside the house owned by one Fayaz Ahmed and
were caught unaware when the encounter took place.
Quoting police, a
local news agency KNT reported that the input about the hideout and the
presence of militants was received from the area, but it took almost the whole
night to locate the actual house and for that purpose the area was brought
under cordon and thorough searches of the residential houses were carried out.
forces, as per the report, used explosives to destroy the hideout and recovered
the bodies of four militants and some arms and ammunition.
militants were identified as Umar Amin Bhat son of Muhammad Amin Bhat, a resident
of Sopat Tengapora Kulgam, Muzaffar Ahmed Bhat alias Abu Talha son of Muhammad
Amin Bhat of Sopat Tengapora Kulgam, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat son of Muhammad Salam
Bhat of Tarigam Kulgam and Sajad Ahmed Bhat son of Muhammad Ahsan Bhat of
Sherpora Frisal Kulgam.
Umar Amin, 22, a
B.Tech graduate from Jalandhar Punjab. He had joined LeT ranks in April 2019.
His relative, as per the news agency, said that after finishing his B.Tech,
Umar arrived in Kashmir but joined militant ranks and never visited his home.
Muzaffar are from same village and neighbours. Muzaffar had joined LeT in
December 2017 and was a close associate of Lashkar Commnader Naveed Jatt.
Before joining militancy, he owned a bakery shop,” the news agency reported.
militant Gulzar Ahmed Bhat, 22, was a school dropout who had joined JeM in
October 2018; Sajad Ahmed Bhat, 27, was a wood cutter before joining militancy
in April 2019, the report added
specific information, Anantnag Police along with security forces including 19
RR and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Dar Mohalla Watarigam
area of Dialgam, Anantnag.
In the encounter,
four militants were killed. They were identified as Muzaffar Ahmed Bhat
(District commander of proscribed outfit LeT) son of Mohammad Amin Bhat, Omar
Ameen Bhat (affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT) son of Mohd Ameen Bhat, both
residents of Sopat Tangpora, Kulgam, Sajad Ahmed Bhat (affiliated with
proscribed outfit LeT) son of Mohd Subhan resident of Tengbal Frisal and Gulzar
Ahmed Bhat (affiliated with proscribed outfit HM) son of Abdul Salam Bhat
resident of Hirpora Tarigam, Kulgam.
Two AK 47 rifles,
two pistols, ammunition and other incriminating materials have been recovered
from the site of encounter.
As per police
records, Muzzafar had a history of crime cases since 2017. He was involved in 7
different cases U/S 7/25 Arms Act, 302 IPC, 18, 19, 20, 39 ULAP Act. Terrorist
Gulzar Ahmad Bhat was involved in a case U/S 13, 18, 38, 39 ULAP Act of PS
Kulgam. Sajad Ahmad was also involved in a case U/S 13, 20 ULAP Act. Similarly,
Omar was involved in 3 FIR’s U/S 13,16, 18, 20, 39 ULAP Act.