Srinagar, Jul 17: A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was on Wednesday killed in an encounter that broke out between forces and militants in Gund Brath area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) north Kashmir range, Suleman Chaudhary said that the Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched in the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday here by district police Sopore and 22 RR of Army following specific input about the presence of some militants.
He said that the search party after zeroing in at the suspected house, the hiding militants fired upon them, thus leading to an encounter. He said that only one militant has been killed and his body was recovered.
The slain as per police has been identified as Adnan Ali Channa resident of Arampora Baramulla. “The slain militant as per police records was affiliated with LeT and was wanted by law for his complicity in cases including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” police said in a statement.
According to the police records, he was operating in the areas of Baramulla and Sopore and was involved in planning and executing several attacks in the area.
Several cases were registered against him including case FIR number 41/2019 pertaining to the killing of a civilian Arjumand Majeed Bhat in Jatti Baramulla in March 2019, Case FIR number 33/2019 pertaining to firing on a civilian Feroz Ahmad Gojree of Zaloora Sopore in May 2019. He was involved in recruiting locals to the militant ranks, police added.
It was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the encounter, police said, adding that incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. “All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases,” he added.
Meanwhile, police urged people to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any. (KNS)