Three youths killed in Lawaypora encounter last week were involved in militancy: IGP

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Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar Monday said that the three youth killed in Lawaypora gunfight were militants and police will soon convince the parents of slain trio with “concrete evidence.”

Police will soon hand over solid evidence of the three youths’ links with militant organizations to their parents, who are repeatedly blaming their children innocently and the security forces. 

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As far as handing over the bodies of the three militants to their families is concerned, it is not possible to do so in the wake of the covid-19 epidemic. Because if the dead are handed over to the family, then there is a possibility of thousands of people from the area gathering in their last visit. This would be against the covid protocol.

As soon as IGP Vijay Kumar arrived in front of journalists during the Road Safety Week celebrations in Srinagar, journalists started asking him many questions regarding the Lawaypora encounter. 

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Journalists told IGP that the family is still not ready to believe that their children were militants. Not only this, he had also urged the people of the valley to express their opposition in this regard by wearing black stripes. 

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On this, the IGP said that they have collected 60 percent evidence related to the encounter. In the investigation so far, it has been proved that all the three youths were in touch with the militants.

The IGP said that we are collecting more technical evidence. After getting all the evidence we will first show their parents so that they know that what we are saying is correct. The three young men killed in the encounter had been helping the militants for quite a while. 

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At the same time, when the reporters told the IGP that the father of one of the three youths demanded the dead body of their son, the IGP said that if we hand over the dead body, hundreds of people of the area will be cremated Will gather for This would be against the covid-19 protocol. We cannot endanger the lives of others. The bodies of the slain militants are being buried in the presence of family members.

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He said that the militants were using these youths as an underground worker. He cited a youth caught in Anantnag on Sunday, saying that a pistol and grenade had been recovered from him. He was tasked by the terrorists to kill someone. They told that we are working on it. These overground workers working as a network for terrorists have also been tightened. 

Meanwhile, the IGP spoke about the arrangements made for the Republic Day celebration that the militants would try to disrupt the celebrations, but the police would ensure that all such efforts were thwarted.

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