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Slain civilian was ‘active accomplice’ of militants: Police

Srinagar, Oct 17: Jammu and Kashmir Police has said that the civilian killed in Fateh Kadal gunfight was an active accomplice of the militants slain in the gunfight.

Two militants including a top Lashkar commander Mehrajudin Bangroo and Faid Mushtaq Waza were killed after government forces’ cordon and search operation turned into a gunfight. A civilian was also killed by government forces in the gunfight.

Police sources, however, said that they are investigating role of Rayees Ahmad Hanga.

“Rayees’ complicity, who was part of the group in providing shelter and logistics to the militants, is being investigated,” he said.

Sources said that on specific inputs regarding the presence of militants in Syed Ali Akbar area of Fateh Kadal, Jammu and Kashmir police and other forces launched a CASO in the area.

“While search operation was going on, militants opened indiscriminate fire from the inside,” said the spokesman.

In the ensuing gunfight, constable Kamal Kishore of JKP was killed while two JKP and CRPF personnel also received injuries.

“During the encounter, all the two militants and their active accomplice refused to come out of the house and in turn fired upon the search party. Consequently, they were killed in the encounter. The eliminated militants and the active accomplice have been identified as Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo, Faid Mushtaq Waza and Rayees Ahmad,” he said.

Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo @Asif @Piya son of Sona-ul-Lah Bangroo resident of Narparistan Fateh Kadal had a long history of criminal records pertaining to militancy-related activities. “He was involved in case FIR No. 146/2002 U/S 7/25 I. A. Act P/S M.R. Gunj, FIR No. 32/2007 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 I.A. Act P/S M.R. Gunj, FIR No 27/2016 U/S 302 RPC, 7/27 IA Act of PS Zadibal related to killing of two police personnel at Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan near Zadibal, FIR No 69/2016 U/S 302, 392 RPC 7/27 IA Act. of PS Batamaloo  pertaining to killing of one police personnel and snatching  of his weapon at Tengpora Batamaloo.”

Faid Mushtaq Waza son of Mushtaq Ahmad Waza resident of Akilmir Khanyar was also involved in several militancy-related incidents. “Many cases were registered against him including FIR No. 45/2016 U/S 148, 149, 336, 332, 427 RPC, FIR No. 28/2017 U/S 147, 148, 149, 336, 152, 353 RPC at Police Station Khanyar,” said the spokesman.