Srinagar: Three local militants, who had joined terror groups recently, were killed Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.
The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday on a specific intelligence provided by the district police. There were three militants present and all three have been neutralised, the official stated.
A police team, along with other security forces, laid a cordon and search in the area. It had a exact information where the three militants were holed up.
The forces approached a house whose owner resisted them from entering by saying that no one was present at their premises. However, the security personnel forcibly entered the house not heeding to the protests of the landlord.
The holed up militants opened fire at around 2.30am after which the police retaliated effectively. During the encounter, the entire house collapsed. Officials said the bodies of the deceased have been handed over to their families respectively for burial.
The oldest among the three was Nasir Gulzar Chadroo alias Abu Hannan, a resident of Bijbehara in Anantnag district, who had joined the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit in September last year. The other two were identified as Zahid Ahmad Lone and Aaqib Ahmad Hajam.
Lone, a resident of Bijbehara, had joined the terror outfit in July while Hajam, a resident of Redhwani in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, had joined militancy in April. All the three were in their early 20s.