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Jammu and Kashmir: Two militants, one CRPF man killed in encounter outside Srinagar

While security officials said that another “terrorist” was injured in the shootout, the family member of the injured man said he was a “civilian”.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar |
Updated: February 6, 2020 8:29:30 am
Jammu and Kashmir: Two militants, one CRPF man killed in encounter outside Srinagar Security forces at the site of the encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Two militants and a CRPF man were killed after a shootout on the outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday morning. While security officials said that another “terrorist” was injured in the shootout, the family member of the injured said he was a “civilian”.

On Wednesday morning, a special checkpoint was set up by J&K Police and CRPF at Lawaypora area on Srinagar-Baramulla highway following intelligence inputs, said officials.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said the militants fired at the deployment which was retaliated. “Terrorists fired on a special checkpoint of CPRF and police on the city outskirts, on Srinagar- Baramulla road. They were on a two-wheeler, and in the retaliation, two terrorists were killed and one got injured. He is currently undergoing treatment,” Singh said.

CRPF Special DG (J&K Zone) Zulfiqar Hasan, who was also at the conference, said the forces had stopped the two-wheeler as three people were on it and none were wearing helmets. “The last pillion rider got down and immediately from his pheran he took out his pistol and attacked and started firing. One of the CRPF men was hit on the head; however, despite this, he fired back,” Hasan said.

The slain CRPF man has been identified as Constable Ramesh Rajan of the CRPF’s 73 battalion.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two militants, one CRPF man killed in encounter outside Srinagar On Wednesday, a special checkpoint was set up by J&K Police and CRPF at Lawaypora area on Srinagar-Baramulla highway following intelligence inputs, said officials. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

“They (security party) retaliated resulting in the death of two militants on spot. The third militant was also shot. He is alive and under arrest and has been shifted to the hospital,” Hasan said, adding that significant recoveries were made from the three militants.

Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar identified the two slain militants as Zia ur Rehman from Budgam who was with affiliated with LeT, and Khateeb who was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen. “The third militant, Ayaz Umar, is affiliated with ISJK,” he said.

At SMHS hospital in Srinagar where Umar is admitted, his family members told the media he was “a civilian” and not a “terrorist”, as claimed by the police.

“The claim made by the Police saying that he is a militant is not true at all,” Umar’s cousin Asif Ahmad told The Indian Express outside the hospital. “He is a shopkeeper.”

His family members said Umar runs a small shop and lives close to the shoot-out site. “The shop at Lawaypora, was run by his father. Since he is unwell today, I helped him to setup the shop. After I helped him at the shop, I went inside to check on the cow, I heard some gun shots… I saw Umar ducking and making his way towards the house. He told me ‘I am hit by a bullet’. Me, my son, and a neighbour took him to the hospital after stopping a car. As soon we reached Shalteng, we were stopped by security forces. We pleaded with them and were allowed to go after some time. A security vehicle escorted us to JVC hospital,” said Umar’s aunt Hameeda Begum.

From JVC hospital, he was shifted to SMHS, where his condition is critical.

Asked about the family’s claim, Hasan said, “Three people were on the two wheeler. About what family is saying, I will get it checked.”

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