SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday said that government forces killed two militants in a gunfight in Khonmoh area of Srinagar. The slain were identified as locals affiliated with militant outfit Al-Badr.
In a statement, police said that on a specific input regarding the presence of militants in Khonmoh area of Srinagar, a joint cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) was launched by Srinagar Police, Pulwama Police, Army’s 50RR & CRPF.
As the presence of militants got ascertained, the statement said, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender. “However, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.”
Police said in the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies have been retrieved from the site of the gunfight.
“They have been identified as Wasim Bashir Pandit, son of Bashir Ahmad Pandit, a resident of Kakapora, and Mudasir Ahmad Khanday, son of Farooq Ahmad Khanday, a resident of Bargam Awantipora,” the statement said. The slain were affiliated with the proscribed militant outfit Al-Badr.
The statement further stated that arms, ammunition and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of the encounter.
“The last rites of the killed terrorists shall be performed after conducting medico-legal formalities and the nearest family members of local terrorists shall be allowed to participate in the last rites,” the statement added.
“Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared off of all the explosive materials, if any.”
The Inspector-General of Police for Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, congratulated police and government forces for conducting the operation “without any collateral damage”.