Srinagar, December 30: Police on Thrusday idenfied JeM militants who were killed in a gunfight in Mirhama area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
In a statement, the police said that on receipt of reliable information generated by Kulgam Police about the presence of militants in the village Mirhama ,Kulgam , on this Kulgam Police alongwith Army (9RR) and CRPF (18Bn) launched a joint Cordon and Search operation on intervening night of 29/30.
According to police spokesman, the house where the militants were trapped was cordoned in the said village and initially civilians were evacuated to the safer areas and an opportunity for surrender was given to the trapped militants, however the militants denied and opened indiscriminate fire upon the Security forces. Intermittent exchange of fire kept taking place in the encounter , later the three trapped militants were neutralised.
The killed militants have been identified as Mohammad Shafi Dar resident of Tral (JeM), Uzair Ahmad resident of Mirhama; both were C categorized militants of militant outfit JeM and one Foreign (Pakistani) militant Shahid@Shahzaid who was listed among top most wanted list of militants in J&K, they said.
Incriminating material including 02 AK47 and one M4 rifles along with Ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other militancy crimes, he said.
Regarding the incident, case with FIR number 259/2021 under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Kulgam and investigation has been initiated. People are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone as such area can prove dangerous and to cooperate with Police till the area is completely sanitized, reads the statement.(GNS)