Hizb militant killed in overnight Pulwama Gunfight

Srinagar, December 15: A militant of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an overnight encounter at Uzrampathri area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

A top police officer confirmed about killing of Hizb militant, while identifying him as Feroz Ahmad Dar resident of Shopian.

Dar had joined militant ranks in 2017 and was involved in many militancy related incidents, the officer added.

Earlier Reports reaching said that a joint team of Police and army launched a nocturnal cordon and search operation in the area.

As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off an gunfight.gns

Police statement:

A militat of Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed in an encounter that broke out late last night in Rajpor locality of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said here on Wednesday.

According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), police and security forces neutralized ‘A+’ categorized militant of HM involved in several crimes including attack on Minority Guard in 2018 at Zainapora Shopian, in which 04 Police personnel were martyred.

The statement reads that during late last night, acting on a specific input regarding the presence of a militant in Uzrampathri area of Pulwama, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 44RR and 182Bn CRPF in the said area.

“During the search operation, as the presence of militant got ascertained, he was given repeated opportunities to surrender; however, he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.”

It reads that in the ensuing encounter, he was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. “He has been identified as Feroz Ahmad Dar son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Heff-Shrimal Shopian.”

The statement reads that as per police records, he was A+ categorized and was part of groups involved in several crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities. “Pertinently, the was active since 2017 and involved in several crime cases including attack on the Minority Guard in December 2018 at Zainapora resulting in martyrdom of 04 Police personnel and looting their service rifles.”

“He was also involved in killing of a girl namely Ishrat Muneer daughter of Muneer Ahmad Bhat resident of Dangerpora Pulwama in February 2019. He was involved in killing of a non-local labour Charnajeet son of Hans Raj resident of Fazila Punjab and injuring other in October 2019 when they were loading apple boxes in a vehicle in Zainapora area of Shopian. “Besides, he was also instrumental in luring the gullible youth to join militant ranks.”

As per the statement, police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated

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