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Highlights:

  • Jammu and Kashmir police asserted to have trapped a top Lashkar commander in Pulwama district
  • Police recognized the commander as Umar Mushtaq Khanday
  • Officials noted that Khanday is associated with the killing of two police constables

On Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir police asserted to have trapped a top Lashkar commander in Pulwama district during an operation which was initiated at Drangbal Pampore at night. Police recognized the commander as Umar Mushtaq Khanday who is one of the top ten commanders operating in Kashmir.

Officials noted that Khanday is associated with the killing of two police constables. Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar remarked, “LeT commander amongst top 10 terrorists namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in the killing of two police personnel at Bhaghat Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore Encounter.”

Umar was named among the top ten militant targets by police together with Salim Parray, Yousuf Kantroo, Abbas Sheikh, Reyaz Shetergund, Farooq Nali, Zubair Wani and Ashraf Molvi, Saqib Manzoor, and Wakeel Shah in August.

Since Friday afternoon, this is the third operation in which two militants were associated with the killing of a civilian and a police sub-inspector in Srinagar, according to the police. Police noted the killed militants as Shahid Bashir Shiekh and Tanzeel Ahmad, residents of Srinagar.

IG Kumar voiced that two operations were conducted in Pulwama and Srinagar, considering some specific inputs regarding the presence of terrorists. The operations led to the killing of two militants belonging to LeT (TRF) and who were included in the recent killings of a civilian and a probationary police sub-inspector in Srinagar.

He added, “As per police records, he has joined the terror fold recently and was linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF). He was involved in the killing of a civilian Mohammad Shafi Dar (PDD Employee) at Batamaloo Srinagar on Oct 02. He was also responsible for creating terror among the locals by threatening, intimidating, and killing civilians.”

Kumar continued that in another operation at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina, one militant recognized as Tanzeel Ahmad of Habba Kadal Srinagar was killed. He stated, “As per police records, he had joined the terror fold recently and was linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF). He was involved in the killing of PSI Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar area of Srinagar in September.”

He noted that apart from these two killings, Shahid and Tanzil were also collaborators in the recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city. He remarked, “Incriminating materials, including arms (2 AK 47 rifles) and ammunition, have been recovered from the site of encounters.” IGP Kashmir further asserted that in the recent killings of civilians in the city in eight encounters, 11 militants have been killed since October 8 in Kashmir.

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