The identification of two terrorists is being ascertained, officials said. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including a police deserter, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. This came after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Wacchi area of Shopian district following information about presence of terrorists there, a police official said.
“In the ensuing encounter, three terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed,” the official said.
One of the slain terrorists was been identified as Adil Ahmad, a special police officer who had deserted the force in 2018 and decamped with seven AK assault rifles from the official residence of then MLA Wacchi Aijaz Ahmad Mir from Jawahar Nagar area of the city, the official said.
The identification of the other two terrorists is being ascertained, he added.
This comes days after top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda. The encounter took place after the forces received a tip-off about the whereabouts of the terrorist. The terrorist was cornered in Gundana forest area of Doda in Jammu region. The encounter was on since late last night. It finally got over at around 10:30 am on Wednesday.
The sensational arrest of senior Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Davinder Singh has put the spotlight on khaki-terror links. Davinder Singh was on Monday suspended as it emerged that he had sheltered three terrorists, arrested along with him, at his residence here right next to the Army's XV corps headquarters at Badami Bagh cantonment, officials said.
Singh, who was decorated with President Police Medal about four months ago, continued to be grilled by a team of police and intelligence investigators. His office at Srinagar airport, where he was posted as deputy superintendent of police in the anti-hijacking squad, was sealed, they said.
Piecing together the chain of events, the officials said the two terrorists -- self-styled district commander of banned Hizbul Mujahideen, Naveed Baba, and Altaf -- were taken to the officer's home on Friday by a lawyer Irfan, who the police said was an overground worker for terror groups.