Srinagar, August 29 (GNS): Three Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants and an army soldier were killed in a gunfight in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday.
A police spokesperson said that based on a specific input regarding presence of militants in Zadoora area of Pulwama, a joint cordon-and-search-operation was launched by Police, army’s 50RR and 182 and 183 battalion CRPF in the area.
“During the search operation, as the presence of militants got ascertained they were given opportunity to surrender. However they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” he said in a statement to GNS.
In the ensuing encounter, he said, three Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants identified as Adil Hafiz, Arshid Ahmad Dar and Rouf Ahmad Mir, all residents of Pulwama, were killed. An army Soldier sepoy Prashant Sharma of Muzaffarnagar District in Uttar Pradesh.
He said slain militants had a long history of militant “crime records”. “They were part of groups involved in planning and executing several attacks in the area including attacks on Police and security establishments,” he said as per Global News Service, adding, “ As per police records, Adil Hafiz was involved in case FIR No. 112/2020 pertaining to attack on naka party at Prichoo Bridge in which one police personnel was killed and another was injured.”
The spokesperson said that keeping in view the prevailing pandemic due to COVID-19 and “to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the bodies of the killed militants (has been) sent to Baramulla for burial purposes after completion of all medico-legal formalities.”
He said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Pulwama and investigation has been initiated. (GNS)