LeT militant killed in Harwan encounter: Police 

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said that a Lashker-e-Toiba militant was killed in an encounter in the outskirts of Srinagar on Sunday.

“Based on specific input generated by Srinagar Police regarding presence of a (militant) in Theed Harwan area of Srinagar, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, CRPF and Army in the area,” a police spokesman said.

During the search operation, he said, as the presence of the trapped militant 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, he said.

In the ensuing encounter, the militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as Safiulla alias Abu Khalid alias Shawaz resident of Karachi Pakistan, he said.

“As per police records, Saifulla was a categorized militant linked with LeT. He had infiltrated in year 2016 via Bandipora Sector and later on sneaked into District Srinagar on the directions of Pak based Commanders of LeT outfit for intensifying (militant) related activities in District Pulwama/Srinagar/Ganderbal/Budgam. It is pertinent to mention that the killed terrorist Saifulla was working as Group Commander of proscribed terror outfit LeT in District Srinagar as he was operating earlier in District Srinagar and was familiar with the topography of District Srinagar/Pulwama and its outskirts.” He has also been involved in receiving new groups of foreign militants after infiltration, the spokesman said.

“As per police records, the killed (militant) had a history of cases and was wanted by law for his complicity in cases which include attacks on Police/SFs and civilian killings.”

He along with his associates was involved in attack on Army Convoy on NHW Bemina Bye-pass Srinagar near JVC Hospital Srinagar on 01/04/2017, resulting in injuries to 03 Army Jawans, the spokesman said. “He was also mastermind behind the attack carried out by his associates at Lawaypora Srinagar in which 02 SF personnel were killed and 01 AK-47 rifle was also snatched. He was involved in an attack on police party of PS Bandipora at Gulshan Chowk Bandipora in which 02 police personnel were killed. Besides, attacks on Police/SF he was also involved in civilian killings which include killing of BJP President Waseem Bari, his brother and father on 08 July 2020.”

“Moreover, he was also mastermind behind the revival of militant folds by luring the gullible youth and a number of fresh recruitment of local youth into militant ranks,” the spokesman said, adding, “ He was also instrumental in reactivation of hard core (militant) associates of LeT outfit in the areas of District Srinagar and District Pulwama/police district Awantipora.”

“IGP Kashmir congratulated the joint team for conducting successful operation without any collateral damage. He further said that with the elimination of Saifulla, 03 Pakistani militants have been killed so far in Srinagar City within almost a month who were involved in several cases including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian killings which clearly shows that Pakistan is hell-bent to disturb the peace in Kashmir valley especially in Srinagar City.”

Meanwhile, Police and 1 RR arrested a militant associate identified as Feroz Ahmad Zargar alias Kamraan of Gratbal Quimoh Kulgam and recovered one Chinese Pistol alongwith Magazine and other ammunition from his possession, the spokesman said.

“Police have registered cases under relevant sections of law regarding both the incidents and investigations have been initiated. However, 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.”

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