Kulgam Gunfight: Police says three militants killed involved in cop’s abduction, killing

The Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday claimed to have killed the prime accused involved in killing and abduction of Constable Mohd Saleem of Kulgam.

In a statement issued here the spokesman said that in a significant breakthrough, concerted efforts of the government  forces resulted in the elimination of the prime accused involved in the yesterday’s abduction and killing of constable Mohd Saleem of JKP at Kulgam.

He said that a joint patrol of security forces in the wee hours of Sunday morning launched searches at Redwani area in District Kulgam after it received credible inputs about the presence of the terrorists in a cluster of houses, “ As the security forces advanced, hiding militants fired resulting in a brief encounter in which three militants were killed,” he said.

However, no collateral damage occurred during the encounter.

The spokesman said that on the basis of the incriminating materials seized, the killed militants  were identified as Muawiya, a foreigner of Pakistani origin, Suhail Ahmad Dar of Redwani Balaa and Mudassar @Rehaan of Katarsoo; “all involved in the killing of Constable Mohd Saleem.”

“As per police records the terrorists were affiliated with the proscribed terror outfit Laskhar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahidin,” he said

According to the spokesman Mauwiya’s involvement was established in a number of civilian killings, “Suhail  was working as a laborer earlier after he had dropped out from school and had later joined a militant  outfit.” He said.

He said that police probe is on for ascertaining complicity of the other co-conspirators who assisted in the commission of the “gruesome” crime leading to the death of police person Saleem.

The spokesperson also said that some arms and ammunition including  two Ak 47 rifles and a carbine were recovered from the site of encounter.

Police has registered a case and investigation has been initiated into the matter.

On Saturday a trainee cop of Jammu and Kashmir police was abducted from his village and later murdered by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Kulgam area.

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