Srinagar 19 July: Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, including a cop turned militant, were killed in an encounter in Check-i-Sidique Khan area of South Kashmir Shopian district on the intervening night of July 18, 19.
Officials said that the encounter started after a cordon and search operation was carried out by a joint team of Police, 34RR and 178 BN CRPF in the suspected area following the inputs about the presence of militants.
It was further said that during the searches by forces, the holed up militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing fight, two terrorists of proscribed militant outfit LeT were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. “They have been identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Dar son of Abdul Rashid Dar resident of Haff Shirmal Shopian a top commander of proscribed militant outfit LeT active since 2017 and Majid Iqbal Bhat son of Mohammad Iqbal Bhat resident of Malibagh Imamsahab, Shopian,” the officials said.
However, the killed terrorist Ishfaq Ahmad Dar was active since 2017, said police, he was very instrumental in planning and executing attacks on security establishments, civilian killings and misleading the gullible youth by motivating them to join militant folds.
Following the operation, incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 2 AK-47 rifles and 08 Magazines were recovered from the site of encounter, as per the officials.
“He was also involved in killing of 04 police personnel at minority guard Zainapora in 2018, killing of two non-local drivers in Chittrigam Shopian in 2019 besides other activities,” the officials stated.
IGP Kashmir congratulated the joint team of police & security forces for conducting the operation without any collateral damage.