Srinagar: Police and other forces last night jointly launched a search operation in Chowgam area of Qazigund Kulgam based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area, police said in a statement on Saturday.
During the search operation, militants fired on the search party. Initially the civilians were moved away from the site of encounter to safer locations, police said adding forces then engaged the militants in an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, 5 militants were killed, police said adding “this was a group of militants involving outfits HM and LeT.”
According to the police statement the slain militants were identified as Gulzar Ahmad Padder alias Saif resident of Adijan Kulgam, Faisal Ahmad Rather alias Dawood resident of Yamrach Kulgam, Zahid Ahmad Mir alias Hashim resident of Okey Kulgam, Masroor Molvi alias Abu Darda resident of Fatehpora Anantnag and Zahoor Ahmad Lone alias Rehman Bhai resident of Nagnad Noorabad Damhal Hanjipora.
Gulzar Paddar, according to police was a close associate of late militant Altaf Kachroo and was involved in a series of militant attacks including killing of five police personnel at Pambay last year along with two bank employees.
“He was also involved in the killings of SPO at Krewan Chidder in Kulgam. Besides he was involved in looting police guards at Damhaal and weapon snatching cases reported across Kulgam and many other bank robbery cases attempted in the area,” the police statement said.
Zahid of Okey village was wanted for his involvement in the killing of policeman Fayaz Ahmad of Zainapora on the day of Eid, police said adding Faisal was involved in the killing of Policeman Gowhar Ahmad who was posted in Shopian last year and Zahoor @ Rehman and Mansoor were involved in series of militant offences besides recruitment bid in the locality.
Police said that arms and ammunition were also seized from the site of encounter.