January 2020 News
Top Hizb Comdr, 2 Associates Killed In Tral12 January 2020
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Hamad Khan, and his two associates were killed today in an encounter in Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district. Security forces today cordoned off Gujar Basti Gulshanpora area of Awantipora Tral after they received a credible input about presence of militants in the village. The security forces including 42 RR of Army and Awantipora conducted searches in the area and asked the hiding militants to surrender. The militants instead fired on the troops leading to a gun battle in which three militants were killed. They have been identified as Umer Fayaz Lone alias Hamad Khan, resident of Seer Tral, Faizan Hamid, resident of Mandoora Tral and Adil Bashir Mir alias Abu Dujana, resident of Monghama Tral. Police said that they were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen and were wanted by law for their complicity in militancy related crimes including attack on security establishments and civilians. 'According to the Police records, Umer Fayaz Lone alias Hamad Khan had a long history of terror crime records since 2016 and was involved in planning and executing several terror attacks in the area. He was part of groups responsible for carrying out series of terror attacks and many other civilian atrocities besides killing of policeman Haleem Kohli of Gutroo Bangdar Tral and killing of civilian Mehraj Din Zarger of Tral. Several terror crime cases were registered against him including Case FIR No. 54-2016, FIR No. 63-2016 FIR No. 113-2016, FIR No. 126-2016 FIR No. 25-2017, FIR No. 30-2017, FIR No. 76-2017, FIR No. 20-2018, FIR No. 33-2018, FIR No. 65-2018, FIR No. 70-2018, FIR No. 72-2018, FIR No. 81-2018, FIR No. 32-2019, FIR No. 83-2019, FIR No. 85-2019 of PS Tral and FIR No. 80-2017, 180-2018 and FIR No. 114-2019 of PS Awantipora', police said. 'Similarly, Adil Bashir Mir alias Abu Dujana and Faizan Hamid had a history of terror crime records and were also involved in carrying out several terror attacks in the area. They were also part of the group involved in killing of civilian Mehraj Din Zarger of Tral near Bus Stand Tral and were responsible for several other terror crimes. Terror crime cases were registered against both of them including FIR No. 32-2019, FIR No. 83-2019 and FIR No. 85-2019 at PS Tral', police added. Police said that incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. 'All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes', he said.