JeM militant killed in Awantipora gunfight: Police

Government forces during a search operation in Kashmir
Government forces during a search operation in Kashmir | Photo: Reshi Irshad

SRINAGAR — A militant of Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit was killed in an encounter in Bargam area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, Police said here.

As per a statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), it said that based on a specific input generated by Police regarding the presence of a militant in Bargam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 42RR and 130Bn CRPF in the area.

The statement reads that during the search operation, as the presence of the trapped militant was ascertained, he was given ample opportunities to surrender, however, he denied the surrender opportunities and fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated, leading to an encounter.

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It reads that in the ensuing encounter, he was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. “He has been identified as Sameer Ahmad Tantray son of Ghulam Mohammad Tantray, resident of Bargam Awantipora.”

It reads that as per Police records, he was a categorized militant linked with JeM outfit and was part of groups involved in several crime cases.

“Before joining terror folds, he was working as a militant associate and involved in providing logistic support to the active militant in the area. He was also involved in pasting threatening posters in Awantipora and adjoining areas to threaten the law abiding citizens and keep them away from democratic activities,” Police said.

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