Militant commander killed in Pulwama encounter: Police

Army soldiers near a gunfight site. [Representational Picture]
Army soldiers near a gunfight site. [Representational Picture]Mir Wasim/GK File

Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander was killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, police said. Police identified the slain militant as Feroz Ahmad Dar, a resident of Heff-Shrimal in Shopian. Police said the slain militant was active since 2017.

The encounter took place at Uzrampathri village of Pulwama after J&K Police, 44 Rashtriya Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force cordoned off the area after inputs of presence of militants.

Police said when presence of militant was ascertained, he was given ample opportunity to surrender, but he refused and militant got killed in subsequent gunfight.

“Encounter has started at Usgam Pathri, Rajpura area of Pulwama. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” Kashmir Zone Police said in a Tweet on Tuesday night.

“PulwamaEncounterUpdate: 1 unidentified terrorist killed. Operation going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” police said in another Tweet on Wednesday morning.

“ Police & security forces neutralized ‘A+’ categorized terrorist of proscribed terror outfit HM involved in several terror crimes including attack on Minority Guard in year 2018 at Zainapora Shopian, in which 04 Police personnel were martyred,” police later said in a statement.

“During the intervening night of 14/15 December, acting on a specific input regarding the presence of a terrorist in village Uzrampathri area of Pulwama, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 44RR and 182Bn CRPF in the said area,” police said. “During the search operation, as the presence of terrorist got ascertained, he was given repeated opportunities to surrender; however he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the police statement said. “In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist of proscribed terror outfit HM was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as Feroz Ahmad Dar son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Heff-Shrimal Shopian,” police said.

“As per police records, the killed terrorist was A+ categorized terrorist and was part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities. Pertinently, the killed terrorist was active since 2017 and involved in several terror crime cases including attack on the Minority Guard in December 2018 at Zainapora resulting in martyrdom of 04 Police personnel and looting their service rifles. He was also involved in killing of a girl namely Ishrat Muneer daughter of Muneer Ahmad Bhat resident of Dangerpora Pulwama in February 2019. He was involved in killing of a non local labour namely Charnajeet son of Hans Raj resident of Fazila Punjab and injuring other in October 2019 when they were loading Apple boxes in a vehicle in Zainapora area of Shopian. Besides he was also instrumental in luring the gullible youth to join terrorist ranks.” “Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including one AK rifle along with three magazines were also recovered from his possession,” police said. “All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” police said. “Police have registered case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” police added.

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