Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said the three militants slain in a gunfight in Panzgam village of southern Pulwama district were affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen.
A police spokesman identified the trio as Showkat Dar of Panzgam Awantipora, Irfan War of Wadoora Payeen Sopore and Muzaffar Sheikh of Tahab Pulwama.
The trio was killed in a gunfight that broke out before dawn.
“On a credible input, a cordon & search operation was launched by police and security forces today morning at Panzgam area in Awantipora,” said a police spokesman.
During the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.
As per police records Showkat Dar had a long history of crime records, said the spokesman.
He was involved in planning & executing series of attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities.
“He was part of a group involved in killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb last year in 2018. He was also involved in killing of a policeman Aqib Ahmad Wagay last year,” said the spokesman.
Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and all these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes, added the spokesman.