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Two local LeT militants surrender during encounter in J&K’s Kulgam: Police

Police said that after they learnt that the militants were locals, they approached their families and brought them to the site to motivate the militants to surrender. Meanwhile, a bomb disposal squad defused an IED planted at Pattan on the Baramulla- Srinagar national highway

By: Express News Service | Srinagar |
Updated: July 7, 2022 1:33:42 am
A joint team of J-K Police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Hadigam village in Kulgam after inputs about the presence of militants in the village. (Representative image/Shuaib Masoodi)

Two local Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants surrendered during a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Wednesday morning after an appeal from their parents, police said.

This is one of the rarest incidents where militants have surrendered during a gunfight in south Kashmir.

On Tuesday night, a joint team of J-K Police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Hadigam village in Kulgam after inputs about the presence of militants in the village. As the joint team of forces were zeroing in on the target, the militants allegedly opened fire, leading to a gunfight.

Police said that during the course of the encounter, after they learnt that the militants were locals, they approached their families and brought them to the site to motivate the militants to surrender. According to the police, the militants surrendered on the appeal of their parents.

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“During the encounter, 02 local terrorists surrendered on the appeal of their parents and police. Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition recovered. Further details shall follow,” J-K Police said in a tweet.

This has been the first incident in over a year that the militants have surrendered during an ongoing gunfight with the joint team of forces. While several militants threw their arms during gunfights in 2020 and surrendered, there was a drastic drop in such incidents since 2021.

While police said they were yet to identify the local militants, police sources said that they had only joined militancy a week ago.

Meanwhile, a joint team of forces detected an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted at Pattan on the Baramulla- Srinagar national highway. The forces stopped the traffic and a bomb disposal squad (BDS) was called. The BDS defused the explosive device and the traffic on the highway resumed.

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First published on: 06-07-2022 at 09:21:57 am

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