January 22: Based on a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of militants in village Kilbal area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Ganderbal/Shopian Police, 34RR & 178Bn CRPF in the said area, police said in a statement.
They said “During the search operation, as the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.”
“In the ensuing encounter, two militants of proscribed militant outfit LeT (TRF) were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Sameer Ahmad Shah son of Nazir Ahmad Shah resident of Dhangam Shopian and Rayees Ahmad Mir son of Mohd Ashraf Mir Takiya Wahgam Pulwama.”
As per police records, both the killed terrorists were part of group involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and civilian atrocities, it said.
Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.
Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated.