PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said “legitimate doubts are looming” over the authenticity of the encounter in the Rambagh area of Srinagar city in which police claimed to have killed three militants.
Officials had said that three militants, including a commander of The Resistance Front (TRF), wanted in the recent civilian killings in the city, were slain in a brief shootout on Wednesday.
In a tweet, Mufti said, “After yesterday’s alleged encounter at Rambagh legitimate doubts is looming over its authenticity”.
The PDP chief charged that according to reports and witnesses “it seems that the firing was one-sided”.
“Again the official version far from the truth is not in line with ground realities as seen in Shopian, HMT & Hyderpora,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister alleged.
The three militants were identified as Mehran Shalla, the commander of TRF, Manzoor Ahmad Mir, and Arafat Sheikh, both residents of Pulwama.
According to the officials, the militants were affiliated with TRF, which they said is an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Taiba.