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Legitimate doubts looming over Rambagh encounter: Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party President and former Chief Minister of erstwhile J&K state Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said “legitimate doubts are looming’ over alleged encounter” at Rambagh here in which police claimed three militants of TRF were killed.

“After yesterday’s alleged encounter at Rambagh legitimate doubts are looming over its authenticity. As per reports & witnesses it seems that the firing was one sided,” she said in a tweet, adding, “Again the official version far from truth is not in line with ground realities as seen in Shopian, HMT & Hyderpora.”

A police spokesperson on Wednesday said that three militants of TRF were killed in an “encounter” at busy Rambagh Srinagar road.

“Acting on a specific information regarding the movement of (militants) Srinagar Police immediately swung into action and established a special Naka to track them down,” he said, adding, “The (militants) were traveling in a car which Was signalled to stop by the Naka party. They did not stop and instead opened fire on the Naka party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.”

In the ensuing encounter, he said, three militants of TRF outfit were killed.

The killed militants were later on identified as Mehraan Yaseen Shalla son of Mohammad Yaseen Shalla of Jamalata, Arafat Ahmad Sheikh son of Mohammed Maqbool Sheikh resident of Nikloora Litter Pulwama and Manzoor Ahmad Mir son of Late Sonaullah Mir resident of Babhar Pulwama. As per IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar Mehraan was commander of TRF.(GNS)

 

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