Jahangeer Ganaie

Two SPOs among four JeM militants killed in Pulwama

Two SPOs among four JeM militants killed in Pulwama
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Pulwama: Two Special Police Officers, who went missing on Wednesday night, were among four JeM militants killed Friday in an encounter with government forces in Panjran village of Litter tehsil of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The encounter, an official said, started after a cordon-and-search operation was launched by a joint team of Army’s 44 RR and SOG in Lassipora in Panjran village of the district on Thursday afternoon.
The security forces had earlier received specific inputs that some militants were hiding in the area, he said.
As forces zeroed in on the suspected spot, hiding militants fired upon forces triggering an encounter, added the official.
During the exchange of fire, which continued till Friday morning as per the official, four militants including two SPOs were killed.
The slain militants were identified as Ashiq Ahmad Ganaie of Panjran Pulwama, Imran Ahmad Bhat from Arihal Pulwama, Shabir Ahmad Dar from Tujan Pulwama and Salman Ahmad Khan from Uthmula Shopian.
Salman and Shabir had gone missing from DPL Pulwama on Wednesday night.
Ashiq had joined militant ranks in ending 2017 and is survived by two brothers, three sisters and father. He was a driver before joining militant ranks.
Imran Ahmad of Arihal according to his family members was arrested several times before joining militant ranks.
Belonging to a middle class family Imran is survived by a one year old daughter besides a brother, sister and parents.
Shabir Ahmad Dar as per his friends was recruited as SPO in police department last year.
Belonging to well off family, Shabir is survived by three brothers and 2 sisters besides Parents
As per locals father of Shabir is government employee while as Dar family has about 90 kanals of land.
Salman according to locals was recruited in police department during 2016 agitation.
Salman is survived by three brothers besides parents.
The funerals of the slain militants were attended by thousands of people.
Eyewitnesses said that after multiple funeral prayers, the slain militants were laid to rest in their respective native villages amid pro freedom and pro militant slogans.
Apart from the militants’ killing, two houses belonging to one Ghulam Mohammad Ganie and Mohammad Yaseen Ganaie were completely damaged in the encounter.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in most parts of Pulwama and Shopian districts. Internet services were also snapped in Pulwama district by authorities.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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