Shopian encounter: Lateef Tiger, Lone Survivor of Burhan Wani gang, eliminated  

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Wahid Bhat|Srinagar

Top Hizbul Mujahideen commanders Tariq Maulvi alias Mufti Wakas and Lateef Tiger have reportedly been killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian. Authorities are yet to confirm this. An Army man was also injured in the incident.

According to reports Tiger was the last surviving militant of Burhan Wani’s group.

An exchange of fire took place between militants and security forces in Adkhara area of Imam Sahib of Shopian district on Friday morning. Encounter is still underway.

“Brief exchange of firing between Security forces and terrorists in Shopian. The area is under cordon. Information is preliminary in nature,” said the police.

A joint team of 34RR and Special Operations Group (SOG) launched an operation in Imam Sahib following inputs on the presence of terrorists in the area.

Mobile Internet service was snapped in entire south Kashmir after one militant was killed in an ongoing encounter in Aarkhara Village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Reports said that after credible inputs about the presence of two to three militants in the village, government forces cordoned the habitation early morning. After thorough search contact was established with the hiding militants leading to an encounter.

It is pertinent to mention that the 3rd and final phase of staggered polls for Anantnag Parliamentary seat are scheduled on May 6 in the district.

Shopian is one of the worst violence-hit districts in the state following the death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani during an encounter in July 2016. Shopian falls under Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency which is going to polls on Monday, May 6.

Last week, security forces eliminated two more Hizbul terrorists in an encounter in Anantnag district. The terrorists were identified as Safder Amin Bhat (25) and Burhan Ahmad Ganie (25). Bhat, a Class 9 passout, joined Hizbul Mujahideen in May 2017. Ganie, also know as Saifullah, was pursuing Bachelor of Physiotherapy and had been a member of the terror outfit since June 2018.

Meanwhile yesterday District Magistrate Shopian issued an order promulgated Sec. 144 Cr.P.C. in the district from 03 May 2019 for a period of one month.

According to the order, no assembly of congregation shall be allowed without the prior permission of District Magistrate, Shopian, Duty Magistrates Subject to prior NOC from the concerned SP/SHOs of respective jurisdiction. Furthermore, no person other than a member of armed force/Police/Magistrate or a public servant duly authorized and on duty shall carry in public fire arms or an article capable of being used as weapon of offence.

The order further read that no person shall use loudspeaker or any other amplifying sound for making a speech or any announcement for any other purpose whether from a moving vehicles or otherwise except with prior permission of District Magistrate, Shopian.

However, the restriction imposed on movement of people/congregations/ assembly of people shall not apply to holding of prayers in mosques and other places of worship or burial rites/ ceremonies. In case of area notified for application of restrictions under Sec. 144 Cr.P.C, the duty Magistrates should be approached in order to prevent misconception about such occasions/ceremonies by law enforcement agencies.

The Senior Superintendent of police Shopian shall enforce the restrictions by making adequate deployments, wherever required, the order read.

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