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2 of three Youths Killed in Encounter Had been ‘Radically Inclined’ and LeT Overground Employees, Says J&Okay Police

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Two of the three youths killed in an encounter with safety forces within the Parimpora space of the town had been “radically inclined” and dealing as overground employees of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit, police mentioned on Friday and added […]

Two of the three youths killed in an encounter with safety forces within the Parimpora space of the town had been “radically inclined” and dealing as overground employees of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit, police mentioned on Friday and added that the case was being investigated. In a press release right here, a spokesman of the Jammu and Kashmir Police mentioned the declare of the household of one of many trio — Aijaz Maqbool Ganai — that he had gone to the college to refill a type was verified by means of fashionable methods and was discovered to be unfaithful.

The households of the slain youths have claimed that they’d no reference to militancy. They staged a protest exterior the police management room right here and claimed that these killed included a Class 11 pupil, a college pupil and a carpenter. A shutdown was noticed in lots of components of Srinagar on Friday in opposition to the killings of the youths within the encounter on Wednesday, officers mentioned.

The police spokesman mentioned the encounter began following inputs from the Military and was a joint operation of the Military, Central Reserve Police Pressure (CRPF) and the police. “After the cordon was laid, terrorists lobbed grenade from inside and fired upon the search get together. Though as per SoP, terrorists had been repeatedly appealed by the troops to give up within the night and once more within the morning. Nonetheless, as an alternative of surrendering, they fired upon troops and finally obtained neutralised in a fire-fight, the spokesman mentioned. He mentioned the declare of Ganai’s dad and mom that he went to the college was verified and cross-checked by means of fashionable methods, together with data of the telecom division.

“Opposite to the claims, the verified digital proof revealed and corroborated that Ganai and Ather Mushtaq had gone to Hyderpora and from there to the place of incidence solely, he mentioned. The police spokesman mentioned one other youth — Zubair Lone — had gone first to Pulwama, then Anantnag, the place from he went to Shopian after which once more to Pulwama and eventually got here to Parimpora right here. He mentioned a background examine has additionally revealed that Ganai and Mustaq had been each overground employees (OGWs) and offered logistic assist to militants.

“Antecedents and verifications too present that each had been radically inclined and had aided terrorists of LeT — now so-called The Resistance Entrance (TRF) — outfit, the spokesman mentioned. The police mentioned certainly one of OGWs presently beneath police custody has additionally corroborated Ganai’s affiliation with LeT militant Faisal Mustaq Baba who was killed in an encounter with safety forces within the Meej space of Pampore in June final 12 months.

Mushtaq was a relative and OGW of Hizbul Mujahideen prime commander Rayees Kachroo who was killed in 2017, the spokesman mentioned. The police, nevertheless, mentioned it’s investigating the case. “However, police is investigating into the case from all potential angles, the spokesman added.

Mainstream political events, together with the Nationwide Convention and the Peoples Democratic Occasion, have referred to as for an neutral investigation into the incident. Throughout the shutdown on Friday, outlets and enterprise institutions in a number of components of Srinagar, particularly within the previous metropolis, had been shut. The shutdown was additionally noticed in Maisuma and its adjoining areas close to the Lal Chowk metropolis centre.

Nonetheless, public transport was plying usually in these areas, officers mentioned. The shutdown was noticed after reviews surfaced on social media that separatist teams had referred to as for a strike throughout the valley on Friday to protest the killings.

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