Hizb commander Azaad Lalhari killed in Pulwama gunfight: DGP

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Director General of Police (DGP), Dilbagh Singh on Wednesday said that the militant killed in Pulwama gunfight has been identified as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Azaad Lalhari.

“Azaad Lalhari was involved in the killing of police head constable Anoop Singh on 22 May 2020 at Prichu Pulwahma where he fired at a Naka party,” DGP Dilbag Singh told news agency GNS.

He said six FIRs were registered against him for militant related killings. “Earlier he was detained under PSA as OGW and became active again,” the DGP said, adding that a charge sheet had been filed against him in two cases earlier.

Besides the militant commander, a soldier was also killed in the gunfight earlier today.

Official sources said that militants fired upon a joint team of police, army and CRPF’s 53 battalion after they launched a cordon-and-search operation in Kamrazipura area of the district.

In the initial exchange of fire, two army men were injured and were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital where one of them succumbed to critical wounds.