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Lashkar terrorist killed in Baramulla encounter

The dead terrorist had been identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Baramulla, affiliated to Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba

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SrinagarOn Wednesday, a terrorist affiliated to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was killed in an encounter in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. The Lashkar terrorist has been identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Baramulla.

This is the first security operation undertaken by teams of the Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF since 5 August, when two bills were tabled in the Rajya Sabha to annul the application of Article 370 that gave special status to the State and downgrade it to two Union Territories.

The encounter started at 7.30 PM on Tuesday and continued till 3.30 AM the next day. The body of a terrorist was recovered around 6.30 AM on Wednesday, an official said. Heavy stone-pelting ensued in the area when the encounter was on.“We had information of two terrorists holed up in a house; this morning, we recovered one body,” the official said. On a credible intelligence input, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by the police and security forces in Ganie-Hamam area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

During the search operation, the terrorist, who was hiding, fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter, the official added. In the exchange of fire two policemen sustained injuries: special police officer Bilal Ahmad and sub-inspector Amardeep Parihar, the police spokesman added. Bilal Ahmad succumbed to injuries while sub-inspector Parihar has been admitted to the Army hospital, he said.

“We pay our tributes to martyr Bilal who made supreme sacrifices in the line of duty,” the spokesman said.

The police said that the terrorist who was killed was identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Baramulla. Gojri was affiliated with the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba and was involved in several terror cases. The police further said that incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter.

The police appealed to citizens, requesting them not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.

Most parts of the Kashmir Valley have been under lockdown, with partial removal of restrictions, for the past fortnight. The communication blockade continues, with only landline phones working in some areas. Two Jammu and Kashmir police personnel sustained injuries, of whom one is said to be critical. The Jammu and Kashmir police said in a tweet that the dead terrorist had been identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Baramulla. He was affiliated to Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Bilal, a special police officer (SPO) of Jammu and Kashmir police, was killed in the encounter. Sub-inspector Amardeep Parihar has been rushed to an army hospital for further treatment.

The Narendra Modi government on 5 August, moved a bill proposing a division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. Making the announcement in Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the union territory in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh while the other union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry. Shah introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill.

“What a glorious day. Finally, the martyrdom of thousands starting with Dr Shyam Prasad Mukherjee for complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union is being honoured and the seven-decade-old demand of the entire nation being realised in front of our eyes; in our lifetime. Ever imagined?” he tweeted moments after Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement in Parliament.

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