3 terrorists killed, 1 jawan injured in Shopian encounter

TSL NEWS NETWORK

May 03: A cordon and search operation was launched today by Police and security forces at Adkhara Village in Imam Sahab area of District Shopian.

When the hiding terrorists fired upon the search party, the fire was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, three terrorists were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The three killed terrorists have been identified as Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Tiger of Dogripora Pulwama, Tariq Ahmad Sheikh alias Mufti Waqas of Moolu Chitragam Shopian and Shariq Ahmad Nengroo of Chotigam Shopian.

Initially, with the efforts of police and security forces, the civilians trapped around the encounter site were evacuated to safer places. Besides, one army jawan Yugendar Kumar sustained gunshot injuries. He was evacuated to hospital and is undergoing medical treatment.

According to the Police records, all the three terrorists were affiliated with the proscribed terror outfit HM and were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities.

As per Police records, Lateef had a long history of terror crime records since 2014 and was involved in planning and executing several terror attacks in the area. Several terror crime cases were registered against him.

Similarly, Tariq also had a long history of terror crime records and was involved in several terror attacks. Several terror crime cases were registered against him. He was part of groups involved in planning and executing terror attacks on the security establishments in the area. He was instrumental in luring youth to join terror organisations. Moreover, he was also involved in several weapon snatching cases reported from the area. Shariq was also involved in several terror attacks.

Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police have registered a case. All these incriminating materials have been taken in case records to prove their complicity in other terror crimes.

Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.