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Two terrorists of TRF killed in encounter in Drangbal area of Pampore

Srinagar, October 16 (Scoop News)- Two terrorists of TRF were killed in encounter with security forces in Drangbal area of Pampore in Kashmir.

According to officials during the intervening night of 15/16 October, based on specific input generated by Awantipora Police regarding presence of terrorists in Drangbal area of Pampore, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 50RR and 110Bn CRPF in the said area.
During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given opportunity to surrender, instead they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They have been identified as Umer Mushtaq Khandey and Shahid Khurshid linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF).
As per police records, both the killed terrorists were collaborators in recent killings in City Srinagar and involved in several other terror crimes. Besides, Umer Mushtaq was also involved in the killing of SgCt Mohammad Yousuf and Ct Suhail Ahmad in Baghat area of Srinagar and figured among the list of top 10 most wanted terrorists. He was also responsible for creating terror among the locals and had been coercing innocent citizens to sympathise with anti-national elements.
Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and started investigation in to the matter. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.
IGP Kashmir congratulated the joint teams working with great synergy and coordination on the ground for carrying out successful anti-terrorist operations in professional manner without any collateral damage.
IGP Kashmir said that, post recent civilian killings in City Srinagar terrorists Shahid Khurshid along with Shahid Bashir shifted to district Pulwama while as their other associate Mukhtar Shah shifted to district Shopian and all the three terrorists stands eliminated. He also said that, Police is committed to hunt down all the terrorists who try to create fear among masses and spread mischief & tumult in the valley and such elements & their names should be excised from society. He also said that, post recent civilian killings, so far 13 terrorists have been eliminated in 9 different anti-terrorist operations including 3 out of 5 terrorists of Srinagar City who were killed within less than 24hrs. He also said that, as of now only two terrorists of Srinagar City namely Mehran & Wasim are active and all efforts are on to nab them.

Meanwhile defence spokesperson also adds that based on specific intelligence input regarding likely presence of some terrorists in Drangbal, Pampore, a joint operation was launched by Indian Army, JKP and CRPF on night of 15 Oct 2021.
While laying of initial cordon around the suspected area, terrorists opened fire on the troops from a house. Call for surrender by the Security Forces went unheeded by the terrorists. The trapped terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on the Security Forces, which was effectively retaliated to, resulting in neutralization of two hardcore terrorists.
Terrorists neutralised have been identified by the JKP as Umar Mustaq Khandey, a resident of Tulbagh, Pampore, active since Oct 2020 and Shahid Khursheed Dar of Methan Champora, Srinagar. One AK-47 and other war like stores were recovered from the encounter Site.

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