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Militant slain in Rajouri firefight had travelled to Pakistan on valid Indian passport: Kashmir police

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said one of the two militants slain in a gunfight in Rajouri district last week had travelled to Pakistan on a valid Indian passport in February 2018.

Two militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were slain in a gunbattle with armed forces in Rajouri district on Friday.

“One of the militants (who was killed in the encounter) has been identified as Ramees Ahmad Tantray son of Mohd Yusuf Tantray, of Ramnagri (Shopian district). He had travelled to Pakistan on a valid Indian passport in February 2018,” Rajouri SP Sheema Nabi Qasba, who led the operation, said.

She said Ramees was not known to have returned thereafter.

“Further verification of this is in process,” the SP said, adding that the identity of the second militant is yet to be ascertained.

On August 6, information was received by the Jammu and Kashmir Police about the presence of a group of militants in Pangai village.

A joint search operation was launched by the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

During the search, the joint party came in close contact with militants who started firing upon the search party, which retaliated effectively, in which two ultras were slain.

Two AK-47 rifles with nine magazines and 232 rounds, four grenades, ammunition pouches, batteries, bandages, pills and other materials were recovered.

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