Srinagar: Police on Monday issued summons to two journalists, Fahad Ahmad Shah and Majid Haidari in connection with a case registered following a military operation in Pulwama in which officials said that four militants were killed.
A case under an FIR (18/2022) under section 307 IPCV, 7/25 IA Act, and sections 16, 18,20,38 ULA(P) A has been registered in police station Pulwama, a top police officer told Global News Service.
The police officer said that the journalists have made “incorrect reporting” regarding the incident.
The similar-worded summon issued by the SHO concerned under section 160 CrPC, calls upon the duo to appear before him at 11 am today.
“It appears that you are acquainted with the circumstances of FIR and your presence is necessary to give such information as you may possess relating to FIR for the finalization of the investigation and arrest of the accused person,” reads the summon, according to GNS.
Earlier on Sunday, Police officials said that four militants were killed in Naira area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. While in another military operation in Charar-e-Shareef area of Budgam district, one militant was killed, police had said.
They said among the four slain in Naira Pulwama was the wanted Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit’s Kashmir chief for south Kashmir Zahid Manzoor Wani.
Addressing a joint press conference at Balapur, Shopian, the General officer Commanding (GoC) of South Kashmir based Victor Force Lieutenant General Prashant Srivastava said that acting on a specific lead, joint teams of police, army and CRPF laid a siege in Naira village of Pulwama on Saturday evening.
“In the initial assault, three militants were killed and later the presence of another militant was established and he was also killed and identified as Zahid Manzoor Wani, an IED expert and the JeM’s south Kashmir chief,” the GoC Victor Force said.
He was the mastermind of IED attacks carried out in South Kashmir since 2017 and the main recruiter of local boys into the militancy fold. “His killing is a big success for forces,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that during the operation, the house owner’s son Inayat Ahmed, was asked to surrender but he along with the militants opened fire at the armed forces and got killed. “He was a hybrid militant,” the IGP said. He said that the house owner at Naira, Pulwama, in whose house the operation took place, will be booked under UAPA.
He said the killing of JeM commander Zahid Manzoor Wani, who was the wanted commander of JeM, was killed along with his three associates while another militant of LeT was killed in an operation at Charar-e-Shareef in Budgam district.
“In total, five militants, of which four were killed in Naira, Pulwama and one in Budgam in the past 12 hours,” he said. The IGP said that Zahid was in fact the chief of JeM for the entire Kashmir. “His brother was also a militant and is in jail,” the IGP said.
The IGP said that since January 1, 11 military operations took place in which 21 militants including eight foreigners were killed.
“Foreigners who were hiding in forests are coming and settling down in civilian areas. With the help of human and technical inputs, we are zeroing in on them and killing them in clean operations,” he said, adding that in both the operations, there were no casualties to armed forces.
He said all efforts are in place to bring down local militant recruitment and a strategy is being followed to bring the number of active militants less than 100 this year.