Police say two were involved in killing migrant labourers

Security forces on Wednesday eliminated four terrorists, including two commanders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who were involved in the killing of migrant labourers in Jammu and Kashmir, police have said.

While two ultras were killed in the encounter at Dragad in Shopian, two others were eliminated in a gun battle in Kulgam district, said a police official. Fifteen terrorists have been killed in two weeks.

One soldier lost his life while two others suffered injuries in the Shopian operation.

“Police and Army #neutralised LeT district commander (Gulzar Ahmad Reshi) of Kulgam and one other, who were involved in #killings of two poor labourers from Bihar on 17/10/21 at Wanpoh,” IGP, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar, said in a tweet.

According to a defence spokesman, a joint operation was launched on Wednesday evening after information was received about the movement of two terrorists along the Ashmuji-Devsar road in Kulgam district. “The area was cordoned off and contact established at about 07.40 pm. Repeated surrender appeals were turned down by the terrorists,” the spokesman said.

He said the ultras opened fire, forcing the security forces to retaliate. “In the ensuing firefight, two terrorists have been neutralised.” An AK rifle and other warlike stores have been recovered,” he said.

Earlier in the day, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Dragad area of Shopian district following information about the presence of terrorists there, the officials said.

They said the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened fire on the security forces. Two ultras of The Resistance Front (TRF), a shadow outfit of Lashkar-e-Toiba, were killed. Three security force personnel also suffered injuries in the operation. One of them later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here, the officials said.

“One of the killed #terrorists has been #identified as Adil Ah Wani, active since 7/2020... So far, 15 terrorists have been #neutralised in 2 weeks,” IGP Kumar said in another tweet.

He said Wani was involved in the killing of Saghir Ahmad, a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur. “Adil Wani was District Commander Shopian of proscribed #terror outfit LeT(TRF)," Kumar tweeted.

Meanwhile, security forces foiled a terror plot with the arrest of a man armed with a live hand grenade in Kishtwar district on Wednesday, officials said.