Militant killed in Awantipora encounter

Army personnel near the gunfight site in south Kashmir. [File]
Army personnel near the gunfight site in south Kashmir. [File]GK Photo

Srinagar: A Jaish-e-Muhammad militant was killed in an encounter in Awantipora area of Pulwama on Sunday morning. Police identified the slain militant as Sameer Ahmad Tantray, a resident of Bargam Awantipora.

The encounter broke out in Bargam after J&K Police, 42 Rashtriya Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force cordoned off the area when they received specific inputs of the presence of militants in the area. Police said that militant was given ample opportunity to surrender, by he denied the offer and opened fire joint party of security forces.

“AwantiporaEncounterUpdate: 1 unidentified terrorist killed. Operation going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” Kashmir Zone Police Tweeted on Sunday early morning.

After over two hours police declared militant has been killed. “Encounter has started at Baragam area of Awantipora. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” police said in another Tweet.

“Based on a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of a terrorist in village Bargam area of Awantipora, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 42RR and 130Bn CRPF in the said area,” police said. “During the search operation, as the presence of the trapped terrorist was ascertained, he was given ample opportunities to surrender. However, he denied the surrender opportunities and fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” police said in a statement.

“The trapped terrorist was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as Sameer Ahmad Tantray son of Ghulam Mohammad Tantray resident of Bargam Awantipora,” police said.

“As per police records, the killed terrorist was a categorized terrorist linked with proscribed terror outfit JeM and was part of groups involved in several terror crime cases. Before joining terror folds he was working as a terrorist associate and involved in providing logistic support to the active terrorists in the area. He was also involved in pasting threatening posters of proscribed terror outfits in Awantipora and adjoining areas to threaten the law abiding citizens and keep them away from democratic activities.”

“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from his possession. 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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