olice on Sunday identified four of the five militants killed in two gunfights in south Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, police said, in the Anantnag gunfight, Police, 3RR Army & CRPF 90Bn took part while as police was joined by 34RR and 178Bn CRPF in Shopian, a police statement said.
A police statement identified the two militants killed in the Anantnag gunfight as Towseef Ahmad Bhat, son of Mohammad Ramzan, a resident of Takia Maqbool Shah Bijbehara and Aamir Hussain Ganie, son of Abdul Rashid, a resident of Goriwan Bijbehara, Anantnag.
Police blamed the duo for the killing of a local off-duty Territorial Army soldier, Mohammad Saleem Akhoon, who police said, was gunned down by them near his home in Goriwan Bijbehara on Friday.
As per the police statement, the slain duo was also involved in the attack on a CRPF party in Bijbehara last year in which a CRPF trooper was killed.
Two AK series rifles and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain duo’s possession, police said.
In the gunfight in the Shopian orchard, the police statement said the operation was suspended to give the trapped militants “another chance to surrender”.
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It said the joint teams “exercised maximum restraint” and facilitated the presence of family members of one of the holed up militants, Faisal Gulzar to the encounter site so as to persuade him to surrender.
However, despite repeated appeals by his family members and assurances by the security forces, the other militant “didn’t allow him to surrender”.
In the subsequent firefight, both the militants were gunned down by the forces in the wee hours of Sunday morning, police said.
All the three bodies were recovered from the site of encounter. Besides Faisal, a second militant was identified by police as Aasif Ahmad Ganai-both residents of Chitragam Kalan.
The identity of the 3rd slain militant is being ascertained, police said adding the slain were affiliated with Al-Badr outfit.
The last rites of the slain militants shall be performed at Handwara in north Kashmir after conducting medico-legal formalities, police said adding their nearest family members shall be allowed to participate in the last rites.