Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday claimed to have identified the “three militants” killed in Srinagar’s Rambagh area.
In a statement, the police spokesperson said: “acting swiftly on our own specific input regarding the movement of militants in Rambagh area of Srinagar, a small team from Srinagar Police signaled a suspected Santro vehicle to stop. However, the militants started firing indiscriminately on the police party from inside the car while trying to flee from the spot under the cover of firing.”
“The fire was however effectively retaliated, leading to a gunfight,” the police spokesperson said.
In the ensuing “gunfight”, the police said three militants got killed and are identified as “commander of LeT (TRF) Mehran Yaseen Shalla, a resident of Jamalatta Srinagar, Manzoor Ahmad Mir, a resident of Babhar Pulwama and Arafat Ahmad Sheikh resident of Nikloora Pulwama.”
As per police records, the spokesperson said the slain militants were linked with LeT (TRF) and part of the group involved in “several militancy activities including attacks on armed forces and civilian atrocities”.
Mehran Yaseen, as per police, had a long history of “militancy crimes” and was wanted by law for his involvement in several crime cases including “grenade attack at Barbar Shah Srinagar on 26/06/2021 in which one civilian namely Mudasir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Hanjigund Beerwah got killed and three other civilians got critically injured.”
“Killing of Meeran Ali Sheikh at Bulbul Lanker Nawa Kadal on 27/07/2021, Killing of PSI Arshad Ahmad at Khanyar on 12/09/2021, Killing of School Principal Supinder Kour and teacher Deepak Chand of Government Higher Secondary School, Khankah Noorbagh Sangam on 07/10/2021,” the spokesperson added
Before joining militancy, several cases regarding his involvement in “stone-pelting incidents” are also registered against him.
Moreover, the police said other slain Arafat Ahmad was also involved in several “militancy cases including killing of a non-local labour at Litter area of Pulwama on 16/10/2021”.
Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition has been recovered from their possession, police said, adding, a case has been registered in this regard and investigation is in progress.
IGP Kashmir appreciated the role of Srinagar Police in conducting the “successful operation without any collateral damage,” the statement concluded.