Government forces during a gunfight in south Kashmir
Government forces during a gunfight in south Kashmir

KULGAM — Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir zone, V K Bhirdi on Tuesday said the top Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) commander Basit Dar and a hybrid militant-cum-over ground worker (OGW) were killed in an encounter with security forces at Redwani Payeen in southern Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters at the encounter site at Redwani Payeen in Kulgam, the IGP Kashmir, as per the news agency KNO, said that on Monday afternoon, police received a tip-off about the presence of militants in the area.

“Police along with other security forces laid a cordon. Today morning, an intense encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces that lasted till afternoon,” the IGP said. He said that in the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed including the top commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) outfit Basit Dar of Redwani, Kulgam.

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“He was an A-category terrorist carrying a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head from the NIA with a separate reward from the Police. Basit was active since 2021. He was involved in over 18 cases including attacks on security forces and minority members in Srinagar and South Kashmir,” the IGP said. Later, IGP identified the second militant as Faheem, a hybrid militant cum over-ground worker.

He said that the operation concluded this afternoon but the search operation to clear the debris from explosives was still going on. The IGP said that police will not allow anyone to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere and election festivity in Kashmir. “We are alert and ready to foil all nefarious attempts,” he said.

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Meanwhile, police sources said that the search operation would remain on till Wednesday as debris clearance was still in progress. “There could be littered explosives on the third body of a terrorist. So search operation will continue,” they said.

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