The statement is being re-produced here verbatim:
Three HM militants were killed in an encounter with police and security forces in Redbug area of Budgam.
Acting on a specific information, Budgam police alongwith 2 RR launched a cordon and search operation in Redbug area in the jurisdiction of Police Station Magam. During the search operation, militants fired upon the joint search party. The militants were asked to surrender through their family members but they denied and fired indiscriminately. The fire was retaliated, ensuing an encounter. Three militants affiliated with HM were killed in the encounter. Two security personnel were also injured during the encounter who were shifted to hospital for treatment.
The slain militants were identified as Aaqib Gul son of Ghulam-ud-din Dar resident of Gooripora Sanatnagar, Budgam, Javaid Ahmad Sheikh son of Wali Mohammad Sheikh resident of Churpora Beerwah and Sajad Ahmad Gilkar son of Nazir Ahmad resident of Malaratha Nowhatta, Srinagar.
They were involved in recent weapon snatching incidents occurred in the South and Central Kashmir. They were also involved in anti-national activities, unlawful activities, damaging of government property and stone pelting incidents.
Javaid Sheikh was involved in a number of attacks on SFs/ Police in Central Kashmir.
Sajad Gilkar played key role in the murder of DySP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith of Security Wing, who was lynched to death at Jamia Masjid Nowhatta, Srinagar. After the incident he went underground and joined HM militant ranks.
He was also involved in grenade attacks on CRPF at Nowhatta on 02.04.2017, CRPF camp SafaKadal on 11.06.2017 and grenade attack on Police Party at Khanyar on 30.04.2017. He was involved in attack on Abdul Qayoom in Barzulla on 24.05.2017 and Army convoy near SKIMS Bemina on 01.04.2017.