Police on Tuesday said that two militants killed in a gunfight in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district were planning to carry attacks around the Jan 26 functions.
"They were recently directed by mentors in Pakistan to carry out attack on Security forces/ civilians on the eve of forthcoming Republic Day celebration 2017 in district Ganderbal and Srinagar," said a spokesman.
Two militants, identified as Qari Hanzullah and Anas Bilal, both residents of Pakistan, were killed in an encounter with forces in Hadoora village of Shuhama.
"Both of them were involved in many militancy related activities which included the killing of a civilian Abdul Ahad Dar son of Abdul Gafar Dar resident of Gusoo Zakoora Srinagar on 04.05.2015," said the spokesman.
They were also involved in Fidayeen attack on August 15, 2016 at Nowhatta in which a commandant of CRPF 49 BN namely Pramod Kumar and a police constable of J&K police namely Rouf Ahmad were killed.
They were involved in the attack on SSB convoy at Zakoora Srinagar on 14-10-2016 in which one SSB man was killed and seven other personnel and a police constable were injured.
"They were operating in District Srinagar and Ganderbal areas since January 22,2013 and had recently started coordinating with HM," said the spokesman.
"These slain militants were transporting newly infiltrated groups from one place to another and were managing safe places and hideouts for them."