Police statement regarding today’s encounter in Bandipora, Identifies both local militants

Srinagar, September 26:(GNS) Police on Sunday issued a detailed statement on today’s encounter in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

In a statement to GNS, the police said that Bandipore police received an input on the evening of 25th September about the presence of terrorists in the general area of Watrina Bandipora. The input was developed further technically & humanly , a CASO was laid by police, 14 RR and CRPF and contact was established with the two hiding militants on the morning of 26th September during search. Operation was stopped and frequent appeal was made to surrender but both hiding terrorists refused to surrender. Later on , encounter resumed and
two militants of LeT outfit neutralised who were identified as Abid Rashid Dar @ Haqani and Azad Ahmed Shah.

Abid Rashid Dar was a Pakistan Trained militant who had crossed over the Wagah Border in April 2018 and had infiltrated back in 2019. The militants was involved in local militant actions and had been tasked with recruitment and running the ranks of Lashkar in North Kashmir, they said.

Abid Rashid Dar, Azad Ahmed Shah, Foreign militant Usman and Sajad @ Haider were involved in the killing of BJP leader Waseem Bari and his family. The FT Usman and Sajad @ Haider were eliminated in Kreeri on 17/09/2021. The remaining militants involved in the killing were eliminated today. With this the investigation of case FIR No 74/2019 of police station Bandipora stands closed. However both militants were charge sheeted in that case earlier, they said.

02 AK 47 rifles 01 pistol and other incriminating material seized. FIR lodged and investigation started. IGP Kashmir appreciated role of police and security forces for conducting successful operation without any collateral damage.(GNS)

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