Srinagar, Oct 9: Police on Thursday said it killed two militants including the chief operations commander of Jaish-e-Muhammad in north Kashmir's Sopur area, while a trooper was killed in an encounter with militants near Line of Control.
A police spokesman said that policemen and troopers of 22 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off the Warpora area in Sopur this morning and launched searches. "Militants present there opened fire on the search party and tried to break the cordon. Fire was retaliated triggering a gunfight," the spokesman said.
He claimed in the ensuing gunfight chief operational commander of JeM for Kashmir, Zaheer Ahmad alias Pasha, and his associate Saifullah alias Faisal, operational commander for Lolab, were killed.
Pasha was active in the valley since 1998 and was reportedly involved in various militant activities, the spokesman added.
A Jammu based news agency NAK reported that a trooper identified as Amarjeet Singh of 2-sikh unit was killed in a gunfight with militants at Khalsa post in Keri belt near LoC in Jammu's Rajouri district.
"A group of militants entered into this side last night and opened fire on a patrolling party on the troopers near Khalsa post. The fire was retaliated triggering a gunfight," the news agency said, adding, "In the ensuing gunfight a trooper was killed and militants fled back."
Police on Thursday said it recovered yet another body from the upper reaches of Harmukh range in north Kashmir's Kangan area, where at least 13 militants and a trooper were killed in the 6-day gunfight earlier this month.
With the recovery of one more body the toll in the encounter mounted to 15. The body, according to the spokesman, was handed over to the locals for the last rites.
I NEVER SAID KILLED MILITANTS WERE KERALITES: IGP
The inspector general of police-Kashmir zone, Dr B Sriniwas on Thursday denied having said that two militants killed in frontier district of Kupwara were Keralites.
"I had not issued any statement about two militants who were killed in an encounter in Kupwara. Neither had I said that they were from Kerala," Sriniwas told reporters at the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of Jammu and Kashmir Police headquarters here.
The IG said that it was for the first time he was talking to media about the incident. "I have not spoken to anyone over this issue till now," he said.
Asked about the reports about police team from Kerala arriving in the Valley, Sriniwas said, "I have got no such information."
Police earlier this week had said it killed two militants in separate encounters at Dever Mirgi in Kupwara and a statement attributed to I G Kashmir about both the militants hailing from Kerala was run by local, New Delhi and international media.