‘10 policemen in civvies killed most wanted militants’
Srinagar: Chief of The Resistance Front (TRF) and his deputy were killed in a gunfight in Srinagar on Monday, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said.
“After information, ten policemen from J&K police in civvies went there and cordoned off the area at (Alochi Bagh),” the IGP told reporters here. “They were given warning. There was firing from militants, which was retaliated, leading to the encounter and consequently the duo was killed.”
They have been identified as TRF’s chief Abbas Sheikh of Kulgam and his deputy and district commander of LeT, Saqib Manzoor of Barzulla Srinagar.
He said that Abbas was motivating youth to join militant ranks. “Parents and families were worried. I appeal parents not to allow their children to join militant ranks and those who have gone should be brought back, we will welcome them,” he said.
Asked if the duo was involved in all the killings in Srinagar, he responded by saying “definitely.” “Saqib Manzoor was carrying killings at the instruction of Abbas.”
Later in a statement, a police spokesman in a statement said that acting on specific input generated by Srinagar police about presence of militants in Alochi Bagh area, an operation was planned by IGP Kashmir, DIG Central Kashmir range and SSP Srinagar.
Accordingly, he said, a special and small team of Police was sent in covert and the team raided a specific location. “During the raid, the hiding (militants) were given opportunity to surrender however, they started firing on the police team,” the spokesman said, adding, “Our team also retaliated. In a brief shoot out, two (militants) of LeT (TRF) were neutralized.”
As per police records, both the killed militants were involved in killing of several political workers, police personnel and civilians.
“Saqib Manzoor was involved in killing of Adv Babar Qadri last year. Besides, both the militants were also involved in several grenade attacks on security establishments and were also involved in several other incidents.”
“They were also involved in reviving militancy folds in district Srinagar and in the process recruited seven youths into militant ranks in District Srinagar among them 4 stand already neutralized,” he said.
“Earlier Abbas Sheikh was a HM militant, arrested and released twice. Later on he joined LeT (TRF as chief). There are several militant & OGWs in his relationship,” he said.
He said Abbas Sheikh was involved several cases—Case FIR No.38/2006 U/S 307 RPC, 7/27 A Act of P/S Kulgam (On 21-02-2006 the departmental vehicle of Statistics Department carrying some employees of the department was indiscriminately fired upon by him along with his associates causing bullet injuries to many employees)
Case FIR No.73/2006 U/S 307, 7/27 I. A Act of P/S Yaripora. (On 24-11-06 he fired upon one Ahmadullah Parray S/O Mohammad Abdullah R/O Hum-Shalibugh with the intention to kill him).
Case FIR No.76/2006 U/S 364, 307 RPC, 7/27 IA Act of P/S Kulgam. (On 30-3-2006 he kidnapped three persons namely Mehraj-ud-Din Wagay, Jalal-ud-Din Dar and Sartaj Ahmad Dar, residents of Redwani and fired upon & injured one person namely Mehraj-ud-Din).
Case FIR No.81/2006 U/S 307, 323,324 RPC, 7/27 IA Act of P/S Kulgam. (On 05-4-2006, one hand-grenade was lobbed by him upon a CRPF party at Qaimoh which caused injuries to 3 CRPF personnel and 2 civilian namely Sartaj Ahmad Sheikh S/O Mohammad Maqbol R/O Khudwani and Ghulam Mohammad S/O Ab Gani R/O Wanpora).
Case FIR No.253/2007 U/S 7/25 I.A Act of P/S Kulgam. (On 24-10-07, he along with his another associate Ab. Majeed Seh S/O Ab Khaliq R/O Kachdoora Shopian was going to throw hand-grenade upon the security forces near petrol pump Qaimoh, but was arrested by naka party and one UBGL and one Hand-Grenade was recovered from their possession)
Case FIR No.437/2010 U/S 7/27 IA Act of P/S Anantnag (On 05-12-2010, he provided arms/ammunition to one OGW Showkat Ahmad Bhat S/O Ghulam Hassan Bhat R/O Bandarpora Bijbehara for firing at General Bus stand Anantnag, in this incident many civilians got injured).
Case FIR No. 03/2004 U/S 7/25 IA Act, P/S R.M. Bagh.
Case FIR No. 145/2014 of P/S D.H Pora.
Case FIR No. 23/2015 U/S 7/27, 13 UA (P) A of P/S Kulgam now Qaimoh.
Case FIR No. 188/2016 US 13 ULA A. Act 7/25 I A Act in P/S Kulgam now Qaimoh.
Case FIR No. 100/2017 U/S 13 UA (P)A of P/S Kulgam now Qaimoh.
Case FIR No. 23/2019 U/S 20 UA(P)A of P/S Kulgam now Qaimoh.
Case FIR No. 139/2010 U/S 307, 341, 147, 148, 149, 336, 353, 332, 427 RPC of P/S Kulgam.
Case FIR No.163/2010 U/S 436, 395, 397, 307, 121 RPC 5/27 A Act of P/S Kulgam.
Case FIR No.22/2013 U/S 7/25 IA Act, 451, 506 RPC of P/S Srigufwara-Anantnag.
Case FIR No.322/2013 U/S 7/25 IA Act, 13 UL Act of P/S Kulgam.
Case FIR No. 137/2015 US 7/25 307 RPC 7/25 IA Act in PS Kulgam.
Case FIR No 05/2021 US 307,302,427 IPC act ¾ Explosive Substance act. On 27.01.2021, he along with his associates planted IED inside a school in Subhanpora locality of Shamsipora on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Kulgam. As the ROP of 24 RR reached the spot IED went off resulting Injuries to 4 Army men. However one soldier namely Deepak Kumar R/o Kosli, Rewari died on way to hospital.
On 06.02.2021, he along with his associates fired towards 29 Battalion of CRPF in Chanapora. In this incident one CRPF personnel namely CT. Manoj Kumar Yadav received bullet injuries in leg.
On 19.02.2021, he along with his associates planned to carry out an attack on Policemen at Shiv Shakti Sweets Shop near Bhagat Chowk Srinagar in which 2 policemen namely SgCT. Mohammad Yousuf R/o Lolab Kupwara (Belt No.3431/S) and Suhail Ahmad Lohar R/o Ashmuqam Anantnag (Belt No.2150/S) died.
On 25.03.2021, he along with associates planned to carry out an attack on ROP of CRPF 73 BN in Lawaypora area on the outskirts of Srinagar city. In this attack 2 CRPF men identified as SI/GD Manga Ram Dev Barman and Ct Ashok Kumar of 73 BN CRPF died and 2 CRPF personnel got injured besides militants also managed to snatch one AK-47 Riffle of one killed CRPF man.
A Case FIR No 48/2021 U/S 307, 120 B, 392 IPC 7/25, 7/27 Arms Act 16, 18, 20 ULAP Act of PS Parimpora.
On 07.05.2021, he along with his associates hurled a grenade on joint party of Police and CRPF at Nawabazar area of Srinagar. In this attack 5 CRPF men a policeman and one civilian were injured.
On 17.06.2021, he along with his associates fired upon policeman namely Javaid Ahmad Kambay S/o Ghulam Mohammad Kambay near his residence at Saidpora Eidgah, who later succumbed to his injuries.
On 23.06.2021, he along with his associates fired upon a mobile shop owner inside his shop at Main Chowk Habba Kadal near Fashion Inn shop resulting in his on spot death.
On 22.06.2021, he along with his other associates planned attack on Police inspector Parvez Ahmad Dar in front of local mosque at Menganwari Nowgam area of district Srinagar.
On 03.08.2021, he along with his associates fired upon Police party of Police Station Khanyar near Sheeraz Chowk. In this incident, one policeman and a civilian sustained bullet injuries.
On 07.08.2021, he along with his associates fired indiscriminately upon the SHO and his escort party who were busy in managing the traffic at Adijan Crossing, Poshwan area of DH Pora. In this incident, three police personnel sustained gunshot injuries and one succumbed.
Similarly, the spokesman said, Saqib Manzoor he along with his associates on 09.08.2020, were involved in the killing of BJP Worker namely Abdul Hamid Najar S/o Late Mohammad Jamal Najar R/o Ompora Mehandipora Budgam, near Railway track.
“On 24.09.2020, he along with his aides fired and killed Advocate Babar Qadri at his residence Hawal Zadibal Srinagar.”
On 01.12.2020, he fired and injured one civilian namely Nadif Ahmad Khan S/o Mohammad Hanief Khan R/o Bilal Colony Soura Srinagar. “Later on injured person succumbed to his injuries,” the spokesman said.
On 06.12.2020, he along with his associates carried out an attack on Police Naka party at Sazgaripora Hawal Srinagar, in which one JKP cop was critically injured, the spokesman said.
On 31.12.2020, he along with his associates fired and killed one goldsmith namely Satpat Nichal Sharma at his Gold jewellery shop at Saraibala Srinagar.
On 06.02.2021, he along with his associates fired upon 29 Battalion of CRPF in Chanapora in which 2 CRPF personnel got injured.
On 19.02.2021, he along with his associates fired upon 2 policemen at Shiv Shakti sweets Shop at Bhagat Chowk resulting in killing of both police men.
He said on 05.03.2021, he hurled a hand grenade towards Police Post Urdu Bazaar Srinagar.
On 16.03.2021, he along with his associates carried out an attack on Grameen Bank Branch Mujgund Srinagar and looted cash of Rs 350000/- from the said Bank.
On 25.03.2021, he along with his associates carried out an attack on ROP of 73 BN of CRPF at Lawaypora Srinagar, in which 3 SF men were killed and one SF personnel was critically injured. Moreover, one AK-47 rifle was also looted.
On 01.04.2021, he along with his associates carried out an attack on guard post of BJP Leader, Mohammad Anwar Khan at Aribagh Nowgam Srinagar. In this attack on duty Sentery Rameez Raja Itoo S/o late Abdul Salam Itoo R/o Khushipora Dooru Anantnag was killed and his service riffle was also looted.
On 07.05.2021, he lobbed a hand grenade towards joint naka party of Police and CRPF at Nawabazar area of Srinagar. In this attack, 05 CRPF personnel’s, one policeman and one civilian got injured.
On 17.06.2021, he along with his associates killed police personnel Javaid Ahmad Kambey near his residence at Saidpora Eidgah Srinagar.
On 22.06.2021, he along with his associates attacked and killed Police Inspector Pervaiz Ahmad Dar at Menganwari area of Nowgam Srinagar while he was going to offer prayers at local mosque.
On 23.06.2021, he along with his associates carried out an attack at Kelashpora Habba Kadal Srinagar and killed a local mobile Shop owner namely Umer Nazir Bhat S/o Nazir Ahmad Bhat.
On 26.06.2021, he along with his associates lobbed a hand grenade towards joint naka party of Police and CRPF at Barbarshah Srinagar, in this attack 1 civilian got killed and 3 others were critically injured.
On 20.07.2021, he along with his associates carried out an attack on Police vehicle at Saida Kadal area of Srinagar.
“Recently a Sarpanch Gh Rasool Dar and his wife a panch of BJP was killed in Anantnag on the direction of Abbas Sheikh. Deceased BJP leader and Abbas Sheikh were from same area in Kulgam district.”
The spokesman said Srinagar had become militant-free district in September last year but after Abbas Sheikh shifted to Srinagar city, he motivated and recruited Saqib and 6 other youths from city into militant rank. “So far 4 militants of city have been killed in different encounters.”