Srinagar 07 July : A top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit was killed in an Handwara encounter, which IGP-K Vijay Kumar termed as a big success.
Police on Wednesday morning said that the slain militant of HM outfit was one of the oldest militants who has been killed in the Handwara encounter and said that Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Vijay Kumar has termed the killing of the militant as a big success.
In a statement officials said that Handwara Police along with SSB during routine Naka checking regarding enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour at Watyen Handwara had stopped number of vehicles which were being checked.
During checking, one pedestrian was behaving in a very suspicious manner, who was tactfully apprehended by the joint Naka party. During his personal search one grenade was recovered from his possession. Accordingly, he was immediately shifted to the nearest police post for questioning. During questioning, he identified himself as Mehraj-ud-din Halwai @Ubaid Son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Khushal Mattoo Sopore, an active militant commander of proscribed militant outfit HM.
militant tried to pinpoint the location where he has kept his arms and ammunition. Upon reaching the disclosed hideout location, the said militant picked up his hidden AK-47 rifle and started firing indiscriminately upon the joint search party which led to an encounter. In the ensuing fire-fight the said militant was killed. Incriminating material, arms & ammunition including one Ak-47, 04 Magazines, Power bank, blanket, medicines, etc were recovered from the said hideout (encounter site). As per police records, the said militant was a categorized A++ militant and was group commander of proscribed terror outfit HM. He was active since 2012 and was involved in several killings in north Kashmir. He had a long terror crime history including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities. He was part of a group involved in various terror crimes and several cases were registered against him.