Police version of the Gulab Bagh encounter


We reproduce the police version here verbatim :

Three militants of Zakir Musa’s group were killed in a gunfight that broke out between security forces and militants in Gulab Bagh village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district today. 

Awantipora Police along with 42 RR, 180 BN CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Gulab Bagh area of Tral in Pulwama after receiving specific inputs about presence of militants there. As the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them. The security forces retaliated, leading to an encounter. During encounter, three militants of Zakir Musa’s group identified as Zahid Ahmad Bhat resident of Nowdal Tral, Mohammad Ishaq Bhat resident of Batagund Tral and Mohammad Ashraf Dar resident of Baghi Trich, Pulwama were eliminated. Two AK 47 rifles and one pistol were seized from the encounter site. 

Post encounter a huge mob pelted stones upon a camp. During law & order situation, one person sustained pellet injuries and later on succumbed to his injuries.

Mohd Ishaq Bhat was involved in firing upon police personnel HC Ab Gani Bhat resulting in his grievous injuries.

He was also involved in visualising thrashing and torturing of some SPOs on gunpoint and circulated the same on social media.

Zahid Rashid Bhat was involved in hurling grenade on CRPF Nafri which resulted in injuries to one CRPF personnel.

Both Ishaq and Zahid were also involved in firing incident at Tral-i-Payeen Bazaar resulting in injuries to 03 persons and firing incident at T-Chowk, Tral. They were also involved in various grenade attacks in South Kashmir.

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