Two militants of The Resistance Front were slain in an encounter with armed forces in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.
Based on a specific input generated by the police regarding the presence of militants in the Rangpora Zakura area of Srinagar, a cordon-and-search operation was launched there, a spokesperson said.
“During the search operation, as the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” he said.
In the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter, the official said.
He identified them as Ikhlaq Ahmad Hajam of Kujer Frisal, Kulgam, and Adil Nisar Dar of Malangpora, Pulwama. Both were linked to The Resistance Front, the spokesperson said.
As per police records, he said, Hajam was active since June 2021 and Dar since August 2021.
“Both were categorized militants and part of groups involved in several attacks. Besides, they were also instrumental in motivating the youth to join militant folds and reviving the OGW network,” he said.
The spokesman said Hajam was the mastermind behind the recent killing of head constable Ali Mohammad at Hasanpora Anantnag on January 29. He was also involved in an IED blast on the Qaimoh-Yaripora road on January 18.