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LeT militant killed in Awantipora; IGP says operation was important as place was close to highway


SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir police Tuesday said that a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in a gunfight in Charsoo village in the Awantipora area in the South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“Based on a specific input generated by Police regarding the presence of (militant) in village Charsoo of Awnatipora, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, (army’s) 42RR and 130 battalion CRPF in the area,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

“As the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding (militant) fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively, leading to an encounter,” he said.

In the ensuing encounter, he said, one militant was killed. He has been identified as Owais Raja son of Mohammad Ramzan Dar of Subhanpora.

“As per police records, (he) was a categorized (militant) of LeT. He was a part of a group involved in several cases, including attacks on Police/SF and civilian atrocities.”

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar termed the operation “very important as it is situated very close to (highway) and threat was imminent”.

“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition, including 01 AK-56 rifles, 03 AK Magazines and 80 AK rounds were recovered from the site of encounter,” he said, adding, “All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.”

In this regard, he said a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated. (GNS)


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