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J&K: JeM commander killed in Shopian encounter

A 3-day gunfight between Jaish-e-Mohammad militants and safety forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian ended Monday with the killing of a commander of the outfit.

The location in Rawalpora village witnessed stone pelting as individuals from the realm and people from adjoining villages tried to assist the militants escape—a phenomenon witnessed after a over a 12 months.

A number of youths suffered firearm accidents as police and paramilitary forces used pressure to disperse them. A number of homes have been additionally broken.

One of many militant commander’s associates had been killed Sunday.

On Monday, as a joint staff of J&Okay Police, the Military and paramilitary forces resumed the search operation in Rawalpora, a militant trapped within the village opened hearth, triggering one other spherical of the battle.

“The encounter resumed within the wee hours after remaining suspended for the night time hours,” the police stated in a press release. “Because the search operation was resumed, contact with the holed up terrorists was once more established and in the course of the ensuing encounter yet one more terrorist was killed and his physique was retrieved from the location of encounter.”

The police have recognized the slain militant as Vilayat Ahmad Lone alias Sajad Afghani, a Shopian resident. They stated Lone had joined militant ranks two-and-a-half years in the past.

Police stated Lone was a part of a militant group concerned in “executing a sequence of assaults on policemen, safety forces and civilians”.

“A number of terror crime circumstances have been registered towards him and was needed by regulation for his complicity in a number of terror crime circumstances together with terrorising the individuals in order to maintain them away from Panchayat polls together with blazing a Panchayat Ghar at Kanji-ullar, barging into the homes of police personnel, abducting and killing of (policemen) Nisar Ahmad, Firdous Ahmad and Kulwant Singh, attacking 34RR camp at Matribug, abducting and killing of civilian Suhail Ahmad Ganai, killing of (Particular Police Officer) SPO Khusboo Jan and abducting and killing of civilian Tanveer Ahmad Dar,” the police assertion stated.

The operation towards the militants began Saturday night when a joint staff cordoned off Rawalpora after receiving inputs concerning the presence of militants there. The militant killed on Sunday was recognized as Jehangir Ahmad. An American-made M4 carbine was discovered on him.

A number of homes have been additionally burnt down in the course of the encounter. For the reason that scenario on the website was unstable, the Kashmir Inspector Common of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar and the Common Officer Commanding (GoC) Victor Power carried out aerial monitoring of the operation and the regulation and order scenario.

“Each the officers have appreciated Police and safety forces for the large success and conducting operation efficiently with none collateral harm,” the police assertion stated.

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