Srinagar, Mar 5: A Jaish-e-Mohammad militant commander was killed in a brief encounter at Hatiwara area of Lethpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening.
Official sources said that army’s 50 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation in Hatwara, Lethpora.
Army’s Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said that a gunfight broke out at Hatiwara. A militant was killed during the encounter. The body of the militant was recovered along with an AK-rifle.
Sources identified the militant as Mufti Vikas, JeM operational Chief Commander for south Kashmir, a resident of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Police in a handout said that on a specific input a cordon was laid by the joint party of Police Awantipora, 50 RR and 110 & 130 Bn CRPF at Hatiwara area in Awantipora. During search operation, the search party was fired upon by the hiding militant. The fire was retaliated in which a militant was killed , who was later identified as Waqas @ Abu Arsalan, the chief operational commander of outlawed outfit JeM.
The slain militant was the chief architect of attacks on the Security Forces including but not limited to DPL Pulwama on 26th August 2017, Lethpora CRPF camp on 1st January 2018 and Sunjwan Army camp on 10th February 2018.
From his possession one weapon, war like stores and other incriminating material was recovered.
In this regard, Case FIR No. 34/2018 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act has been registered in the police Station Awantipora and investigation has been taken up.