Hizb commander Azaad Lelhari killed in Pulwama: DGP

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Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference in Srinagar (Photo: ANI)

SRINAGAR — Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh, on Wednesday said Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Commander Azaad Lelhari of Pulwama was killed in an encounter at Kamrazipora area in south Kashmir.

“Azaad Lelhari was involved in the killing of police head constable Anoop Singh on May 21, 2020 at Prichoo Pulwama where he fired at a Naka party,” DGP Dilbag Singh said.

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He said six FIRs were registered against him for militant related killings. “Earlier, he was detained under PSA as OGW and became active again,” the DGP said, adding that charge sheet had been filed against him in two cases earlier.

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Besides the militant commander, a soldier was also killed in the gunfight early today. Official sources said that militants fired upon a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF’s 53 battalion after they launched a cordon-and-search operation at Kamrazipora area in the district.

In the initial exchange of firing, two Army men were injured and were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital here where one of them succumbed to critical wounds.

Meanwhile, police said the body a militant was recovered near the encounter site and was later identified to be Azaad Lelhari.

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