After the killing of a SPO in Pinglana, Pulwama district on 2 Oct 2022, the India intelligence agencies were continuously tracking movement of a group of terrorists. The persistent effort of intelligence agencies resulted in tracking of movement of Hanan Bin Yakoob along with his accomplices to Shopian. Then,based on the specific input received, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by the Indian Army and JKP in general area of Drach, Shopian on 4 October 2022.
The security forces established a cordon around the suspected house in village Drach with speed and stealth. Continuous surveillance and inputs from ground confirmed presence of three terrorists in the house. As the search commenced, security forces were subjected to heavy volume of automatic fire which continued throughout the night. During the period, the security forces not only safely evacuated the civilians in the area but also prevented attempts by terrorists to break the cordon. Subsequently, the ensued firefight led to neutralisation of three terrorists and recovery of three AK rifles, one pistol, several rounds of ammunition and other war like stores.
The neutralised terrorists were later identified as Hanan Bin Yakoob, resident of Karimabad, Zubair Ah Wani of Doompora and Jamshed Ah Magray of Rajpora. Hanan and Jamshed were not only actively involved in recruitment of innocent and gullible youth but were also involved in killing of innocent civilians, attack on security forces including recent killing of SPO Javed Dar and attack on innocent civilians in Kharbatpura, Pulwama.