The gunbattle took place in Saimoh Tral area in the early hours of Tuesday after joint forces launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of militants, according to J&K police.
Jammu and Kashmir Police officers told The Indian Express that the investigation has found that the IED-laden car belonged to a militant from south Kashmir’s Shopian who has been active since last year.
A J&K Police spokesperson said on Monday that joint forces busted a hideout from a shop owned by Nazir Ahmad Wani at Bellow Dhargund in Pulwama. The police release issued on Monday has come two days after the forces conducted search at the official’s house.
According to the Jammu & Kashmir Police, the encounter took place at a village in the Khud-Hanjipora area early on Monday. Security forces had received inputs about the presence of militants in the area late on Sunday night, officers said.
CRPF spokesman Pankaj Singh said: “At about 1020 hours, a civil vehicle, Wagon R, broke a checkpoint of J&K Police, sped and came across another checkpoint of CRPF. and jumped this check point as well.”
Giving details of the joint operation by security forces that ledto the killing of Naikoo, police sources said the Hizbul Mujahideen commander was hiding in the attic that had been covered with a false ceiling.