Police issues statement over Shopian encounter | KNO

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Police issues statement over Shopian encounter | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, January 22 (KNO): Police on Tuesday evening issued a statement regarding the encounter that left three militants dead in Shopian district today. "It is informed that the killed militants have been identified as Shamsul Haq Mengnoo, son of Mohammad Rafiq of Dragad Shopian, Aamir Suhail Bhat, son of Abdul Aziz of Chidipora Chitragam Shopian, Shoaib Ahmad Shah, son of Ghulam Rasool of Shermal Shopian," police spokesman said in a statement issued to KNO. "The slain militants as per the police records were affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities," it added. Shoaib Shah according to police records was involved in several offenses and several cases were registered against him including 13/2018 under 307 RPC 7/27 A. Act of PS Shopian, 05/2018 under section 307 RPC 7/27 A. Act 16 ULA (P) of PS Zainpora, 19/2018 under section 307, 353, 332, 148, 149, 336 RPC 7/27 A. A Act, 16 ULA (P) of PS Zainpora, 42/23018 under section 307, 393 RPC 7/27 A.Act 16 ULA (P) of PS Zainpora and 52/23018 under section 307 RPC 7/27 A.Act 16 ULA (P) ¾ Exp Sub Act of PS Zainpora. Similarly, Aamir Bhat was also involved in several attacks. He along with the other militants had attacked the residential guard at Chittragam in August 2018 for which a case FIR NO 42/2018 under section 307, 393 RPC, 7/27 A Act, 16 ULAP Act is registered at PS Zainpora. According to police records, Shamsul Haq Mengnoo was part of conspiracies along with others leading to weapon snatching, recruitment to terror fold, attacks on security forces and so on. "Several terror related cases were registered against him," police said. "Incriminating material such as arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records to probe their complicity in other terror crimes," police said, adding that bodies of the killed militants were handed over to their families after completion of medico-legal formalities. "Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any," police added.