Two terrorists believed to be cadre of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) outfit along with their accomplice were killed in fierce gunfight in downtown area of Fateh Kadal in Srinagar early Wednesday morning. One jawan of special operations group (SOG) of the State police made supreme sacrifice while two JKP and CRPF personnel received injuries during the gunfight.

According to State police spokesman, “The encounter in the Fateh Kadal are started early Wednesday on the basis of a specific input about the presence of militants in one of the houses located in the thickly populated area”.

“During cordon and search operation civilians were evacuated. While search operation was going on at the target location, terrorists made indiscriminate firing from inside,” the police spokesman said.

“In the ensuing gunfight, constable Kamal Kishore of JKP,hailing from Reasi district, made supreme sacrifice while two JKP and CRPF personnel also received injuries,” he said.

“During the encounter, all the two terrorists and their active accomplice refused to come out of the house and in turn fired upon the search party. Consequently, they were killed in the encounter. The eliminated terrorists and the active accomplice have been identified as Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo, Fahad Mushtaq Waza and Rayees Ahmad,” the spokesman said.

According to police spokesman, “Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo @Asif @Piya son of Sona-ul-Lah Bangroo resident of Narparistan FatehKadal had a long history of criminal records pertaining to militant-related activities”.

He was involved in case FIR No. 146/2002 U/S 7/25 I. A. Act P/S M.R. Gunj, FIR No. 32/2007 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 I.A. Act P/S M.R. Gunj, FIR No 27/2016 U/S 302 RPC, 7/27 IA Act of PS Zadibal related to killing of two police personnel at Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan near Zadibal, FIR No 69/2016 U/S 302, 392 RPC 7/27 IA Act. of PS Batamaloo  pertaining to killing of one police personnel and snatching  of his weapon at Tengpora Batamaloo. He was also involved in several militant attack cases including of series of grenade attacks,” he in a statement said.

“Faid Mushtaq Waza son of Mushtaq Ahmad Waza resident of Akilmir Khanyar was also involved in several terrorist-related incidents. Many cases were registered against him including FIR No. 45/2016 U/S 148, 149, 336, 332, 427 RPC, FIR No. 28/2017 U/S 147, 148, 149, 336, 152, 353 RPC at Police Station Khanyar. The complicity of Rayees Ahmad who was part of the group in providing shelter and logistics to the militants is being investigated,” said police spokesman.

“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation has been initiated,” the spokesman in a statement said.

Meanwhile, in another incident of grenade throwing in Pattan area three cops including DySP rank officer received injuries while one of the terrorist was apprehended by the police party.

According to police spokesman, “terrorists travelling in a passenger vehicle lobbed a hand grenade on police party after the driver was directed to stop the vehicle for routine checking at the security check point near Baba Teng Pattan on Baramulla-Srinagar highway.

In this incident one DySP and two other policemen sustained injuries but their condition was stated to be stable. The police party apprehended a young terrorist identified as Faizan Majeed Bhat, aged 11 years. He was recently  recruited in the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen terrorist outfit.