August 2021 News

Militant Killed In Budgam, Another Escaped Militant Arrested In Khrew: Police

7 August 2021
Kashmir News Service

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police Saturday said that a militant was killed in an encounter, while another one was arrested alive from Khrewa area of Pulwama after he had escaped from the encounter site in Mochwa area of Central Kashmir's Budgam district. In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), a spokesperson said that a truck driver was also arrested in whose truck the escaped militant was hiding in Khrew area of Awantipora. The statement reads that acting on a specific information generated by Budgam Police about presence of militants in Mochwa Chadoora area of Budgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 50RR and 181BN CRPF in the area. 'During the search operation as the presence of militants got ascertained they were given opportunity to surrender, however, instead of surrendering they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,' it reads. The statement reads that in the ensuing encounter, one militant of Al-Badr militant outfit was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. 'He has been identified as Shakir Bashir Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar resident of Goripora, Awantipora.' 'As per police records, he was part of groups involved in various militancy related crime cases and several cases were registered against him. It is pertinent to mention that Shakir Bashir was earlier working as a militant associate with LeT and joined militant folds of Al-Badr recently. Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 AK-rifle with 02 Magazines, 32 rounds, 1 Chinese pistol with 02 Magazines, 16 rounds, 01 Bagpack and 01 Pouch were recovered from the site of encounter,' it reads. As per the statement, while the operation was in progress, it was learnt that while laying cordon another militant had managed to escape from the encounter site and the information was shared with Awantipora Police. 'Awantipora Police while developing the lead further launched a cordon and search operation in Mantaqi Colony Khrew area along with 50RR and 185BN CRPF. During search, the escaped militant was tracked down and arrested while hiding in a truck bearing registration No. JK13-2397. He has been identified as Shabir Ahmad Najar resident of Wuyan Khrew linked with LeT. The driver of the truck identified as Mohd Shafi Dar resident of Gratwani Mohalla Khrew has also been arrested. Besides the said truck has also been seized,' it reads. The statement reads that incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 Chinese Pistol, 01 Pistol Magazine, 07 Pistol rounds, 02 AK-Magazines, 50 AK-rounds, 01 Chinese grenade, 5Kgs IED (destroyed on spot) were also recovered from the site. Meanwhile, as per the statement, IGP Kashmir has congratulated joint teams of Police and security forces for the showing the exemplary coordination in conducting successful operation in professional manner without any collateral damage and tracking down the escaped militant. 'Besides IGP Kashmir appealed to parents of newly recruited militants to bring their children back to mainstream.' The statement reads that Police have registered cases under relevant sections of law and further investigation was in progress.