Security forces eliminate key terrorist in Pulwama

Srinagar/ August 12: Two days ahead of India’s Independence Day, security force on Wednesday shot dead a top terrorist in Pulwama district even as a soldier was martyred in gunfight.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh on Wednesday said that Hizbul-Mujahideen terrorist Azaad Lalhari of Pulwama was killed in an encounter at Kamrazipora area in south Kashmir. “Azaad Lalhari was involved in the killing of police head constable Anoop Singh on May 22, 2020 at Prichu Pulwahma where he fired at a Naka party,” DGP Dilbag Singh said.

He said six FIRs were lodged against him for militant related killings. “Earlier he was detained under PSA (public safety act) as OGW (over ground worker) and he became active again,” the DGP said, adding that charge sheet had also been filed against him in two cases earlier.

Body of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Azaad Lalhari after being shot dead by Indian security forces. (Photo: News Intervention)

Official sources said that the terrorists fired upon a joint team of police, army and CRPF’s 53 battalion after they launched a cordon-and-search operation at Kamrazipora area in the district.

In the initial exchange of firing, two army men were injured and were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital here where one of them succumbed to critical wounds. Meanwhile, the police said, the body a terrorist was recovered near the encounter site and was later identified to be Azaad Lalhari.

In another incident terrorists fired at a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of the Indian Army near Trumgund Hygam crossing on Wednesday. The QRT was moving from Baramulla towards Gulmarg on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway near Trumgund Hygam crossing. One Army soldier has been injured and search operation is in progress.

Sageer Ahmad
Sageer Ahmad
Sageer Ahmad is a research scholar based in Jammu & Kashmir.

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