A most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militant was slain in a gunfight with the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, officials said in summer capital Srinagar.
The officials said that acting on a specific input regarding the presence of a militant in Pulwama’s Uzrampathri village, the armed forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area in the intervening night of December 14 and December 15.
”During the search operation, as the presence of the militants got ascertained, he was given repeated opportunities to surrender. However, he fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated, leading to an encounter,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
In the encounter, a member of Hizbul Mujahideen, identified as Feroz Ahmad Dar, a resident of Heff-Shrimal in Shopian, was killed.
“As per police records, Dar was ‘A+’ categorized and was part of groups involved in several militant cases,” the statement said.
Dar was active since 2017, it added. In 2018 he along with others carried out an attack in Shopian’s Zainapora in which four police personnel were killed.
The police said Dar was also involved in the killing of a girl, Ishrat Muneer, in February 2019.
“Dar was involved in the killing of a non-local labour, Charanjeet, a resident of Fazila, Punjab, and injuring others in October 2019, when they were loading apple boxes in a vehicle in the Zainapora area of Shopian,” the police spokesperson said.