Ground Report | New Delhi: 66 militants killed in Kashmir; Five Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, including the district commander, in Pulwama, have been killed. An army spokesman saying that since January 2021, more than 60 militants have been killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. . military operations.
66 militants killed in Kashmir
Since January 2021, in Kashmir, more than 60 militants have been killed in separate military operations. An army jawan was also killed in the fierce gunfight on Friday. Fearing protests in the surrounding areas, the authorities have suspended internet services in the entire Pulwama district.
At least ten militants, including two top Lashkar commanders, have been killed by the security forces in various encounters during the last four days, officials said.
According to a police spokesperson, a joint operation team of local police, army, and paramilitary forces had surrounded Hanjan Rajpora village in Pulwama district late on Thursday night.
“The siege was based on intelligence input about the presence of five militants. As the security forces reached the input site, the extremists opened fire and tried to escape. Later, more forces were called in. And the village was sealed but an army jawan was injured in the initial firing. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”.
20 hours long encounter
They have been identified as Nishaz Hussain Lone alias Khitab (district commander LeT) son of Manzoor Ahmed Lone, active since 2018, resident of Nageenpora Tral, Danish Manzoor Shiekh son of Manzoor Ahmad resident of Sathergund Kakapora, Amir Wagay son of Ab Gani Wagay resident of Hanjan Payeen, Mehran Manzoor resident of Jamalatoo Srinagar and a foreign militant identified as Abu Rehan alias Tawheed resident of Pakistan
According to the police, the house where the armed militants were hiding had caught fire during the encounter. After about 20 hours on Friday afternoon, when the encounter ended, a large number of people gathered around the house.
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As per police records, all the killed militants were part of groups involved in many crime cases and civilian atrocities. “Arms, ammunition & other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of encounter including 01 SLR rifle bearing no. 16047232 recovered from today’s encounter site belonged to JKP (IRP 11 Bn) snatched by militants in the year 2016 from guard of TV tower Lower Munda, regarding which a Case vide FIR No. 135/16 stands registered at PS Duroo Anantnag.
All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other crimes. IGP Kashmir congratulated Police and security forces for the big success and conducting successful operations in a professional manner.
Army Chief General MM Naravane had said on Thursday that the renewed ceasefire with Pakistan is progressing well along the long and mountainous Line of Control.
During a briefing in New Delhi on Thursday, General Naravane said, “There has been no infiltration along the Line of Control after the ceasefire.”