Srinagar/Jammu: Police on Thursday identified militant killed along with a policeman in Pariwan Kulgam as a Babar Bhai “linked of JeM and a resident of Pakistan.” in an encounter in Kulgam.
Based on specific input regarding presence of a (militant) in Pariwan area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched yesterday evening by Police and Army (34RR) in the area,” a police spokesman said in a statement.
During the search operation, he said, as the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated, leading to an encounter.
“However, while evacuating the civilians from the encounter site to safer places, one police personnel, three Army soldiers and two civilians got injured. All the injured were immediately shifted to the hospital for treatment however police personnel SgCt Rohit Chibb succumbed to his injuries”.
The condition of other injured including two civilians is stated to be stable, he said.
“In the ensuing encounter, one top Pakistani JeM (militant) Babar Bhai was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.”
As per police records, Babar was a categorized militant active since year 2018 in the areas of Shopian-Kulgam and its adjoining areas. He was wanted by law in several cases, he said.
“One AK-47 rifle, one Pistol and two grenades were also recovered from the site of encounter.”