Republic Day 2019: Two militants killed in encounter in outskirts of Srinagar

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GR News Desk | Srinagar

On a day when India celebrates its 70th Republic Day, two militants were killed in an encounter that broke out on Saturday morning in Khanmoh area of Pampore in outskirts of Srinagar. There are reports of at least one of two more militants hiding in the region. The security forces have cordoned off and a search operation is underway.

The operation is being jointly carried out by 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Srinagar Police. The encounter, which took place despite heavy security cover due to Republic Day, is likely to raise red flags within the agencies.

Mobile internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was suspended in the Kashmir valley as a precautionary measure to avert any untoward incident on Republic Day.

Earlier Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said that he feels bad even a single life lost in the valley adding that even if that life is of a militant Malik said that they wanted the militants to rehabilitate and return to their homes. “It feels bad even if there’s the loss of one life, even of a militant, as we want all to come back and that we make good rehabilitation offer. Killing is no solution, as militancy is not in the gun but in the brain,” he said.

Malik also lauded the security forces for their efforts in removing militancy from Jammu and Kashmir. “Security forces have done amazing work recently,” he said. Malik said that he wished that the youth shun the path of militancy. He said that killing militants is no solution and wouldn’t end the “real problem”. “When I took over as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, I tried to give them. (security forces) the best possible facilities. I have seen they conduct their operations in tough situations and heavy snow. It’s a difficult task,” Malik said

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The Governor’s statement came a day after three militants were killed by security forces in an encounter in Baramulla district on Wednesday The three were identified as Suhaib Farooq Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat and Nasir Ahmad Darzi, police said. The police added that they were involved in several militancy-related cases in north Kashmir

Earlier this week, encounters also took place between security forces and terrorists in Shopian and Budgam. The brother of a serving IPS officer was among the six militants who were killed in these two separate encounters.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said that Baramulla district was militant free after three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter with security on Wednesday

“Yesterday’s operation in Baramulla district in which three militants were killed makes Baramulla the first district of Kashmir with no surviving militant, as on date”. SSP Hussain, who heads the anti-militancy drive in the district, said the focus is not just on killing the militants but also ensuring that recruitment into the network does not take place

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“We have worked hard to target the support network of these militants,” he said. “In the last year, only one local boy was recruited from this district and he has been neutralised, he added

The officer said that police have worked with families of terrorists and have helped some of them to renounce violence. “The real success is when we don’t allow recruitment to take place. And that is what we are focusing on,” he said

Sources said that that about 50 militants belonging to the district had been killed in different operations by the security forces in Baramulla and the LoC in the last two years the print reported.

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