Arrested hybrid militant killed in Shopian shootout: Police

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir police on Wednesday said the hybrid militant who was arrested by it was killed in firing of another militant after contact was established with militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

Kashmir Zone Police in a tweet said that Imran Bashir Ganie, who was arrested by it for killing of two non- locals, was killed by another militant after security forces established contact with them.

“Based on disclosure of arrested hybrid #terrorist & in continuous raids by Police & security forces, another contact has been established between terrorists & SFs at Nowgam #Shopian, in which hybrid terrorist namely Imran Bashir Ganaie killed by firing of another terrorist.” Kashmir Police Zone tweeted.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition has been recovered from the hideout/site of contact. Search is still going on. Further details shall follow.” Police tweeted.

Notably, police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested Imran Bashir Ganaie of Harmain, who according to it, lobbed a grenade in which two labourers from UP were killed.

Meanwhile, police in a statement to KNO said that post terror incident at Hermain Shopian in the intervening night of 17/18 October, in which two outside labourers were killed by terrorists, investigation into the terror crime was immediately started.

During the course of investigation, it was revealed that the grenade at the accommodation of the labourers was thrown by one hybrid militant linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT identified as Imran Bashir Ganie of Hermain Shopian, police said.

The said hybrid militant alongwith his accomplice was promptly arrested within hours of the terror crime, police said, adding that various joint raids along with SFs were launched on the basis of disclosures made by the accused about militants and their hideouts. “In one of the raids on a hideout at Dongri Nala near Landoora bridge, where contact was established with the hiding militants but they managed to escape from the spot after initial fire,” the spokesman said.

Following his disclosure another raid was conducted in Nowgam orchards of Shopian where he had earlier met with other militants responsible in his recruitment in terror ranks besides providing a grenade to him, a joint anti-terrorist operation was launched in the said area in the midnight after the accused agreed to show the exact place of hideout in the orchards, the police spokesperson said.

During the search operation, the hiding militant fired upon the joint search party, in which the arrested hybrid militant who was accompanying and leading the search party for identifying the place got injured. He was shifted to hospital where he was declared brought dead, police added further.

Taking advantage of the darkness, the militant managed to escape from the spot. Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition has been recovered from the spot, police said, adding that all the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation—(KNO)


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