Topmost LeT commander among three militants killed in Baramulla, says DGP

Srinagar: Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir Dilbagh Singh on Monday said that soon after militants launched a strike at Kreeri, Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district killing three armed forces personnel, three militants including topmost Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Sajad Haider were killed in the gunfight later on.

The DGP said that two other slain militants were identified as Anayatullah Mir of Pattan and another Lashkar commander from Pakistan Usman.

Addressing a press conference at the Police Control Room in Srinagar, the DGP said that one of the slain militants Sajad Haider alias Raja was one of the top most “wanted commanders” in JK.

“He was like Burhan Wani and had joined militancy in the 2016 winters. Like Burhan, Sajad too would lure youth into militancy. We have arrested at least 20 youth who were recruited by Sajad besides many Over Ground Workers (OGWs),” the DGP Singh said.

Flanked by the IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, the DGP said that Sajad was involved in a series of “crimes and militancy related incidents that include killing of fruit merchants, armed forces personnel and non-local labourers etc.”

He said of-late, Sajad had started working like slain Hizb commander Reyaz Naikoo and would release video messages to lure youth and to issue fresh threats to political workers and forces. “His killing is a big success for armed forces,” the DGP said.

He said Sajad had taken along one of his recruits Annayatullah Mir, who joined Lashkar in March this year, to carry out the attack.

“Mir was injured in the first retaliation by one of our Head Constable just a few meters away from the attack spot where three armed forces personnel were killed,” DGP Singh said.

He said the third militant was identified as Usman, a Pakistani, who was also operating with Sajad in the northern belt of Kashmir. Asked about the sequence of the attack and retaliatory action by the forces, the DGP said that in the morning, militants attacked a joint patrolling, naka party of police and CRPF in which two CRPF personnel and a SPO of JK police were killed.

“Just minutes after the attack, special operations group (SoG) of police engaged the militants and one was hit just at the bund, a few meters away from the attack site. He later managed to go inside the orchards. In the meantime, SoG men surrounded the orchards and after they were joined by the army and CRPF, one militant who was sitting on a tree, started firing. First he was killed by the armed  forces,” the DGP said, adding that “it was after him that the injured militant was killed.”

He said as forces kept searching the area, another militant fired and he too was engaged and later killed. “In total three militants were killed in the operation that is going on still since morning,” the DGP Singh said.

(A syndicated feed from KNO)


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