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Militant killed in South Kashmir encounter was a close aide of Naveed Jatt

Published by Kashmir News Trust on February 12, 2019, 1:54 pm

Kashmir News Trust Web Desk

Pulwama: The Jammu and Kashmir police have identified the militant who was killed during an encounter with government forces in Ratnipora Pulwama on Tuesday.

The slain militant has been identified as Hilal Ahmad Rather, son of Ghulam Mohammad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh Kakapora district Pulwama.

The spokesman said that as per police records, he was affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit, and had a long history of “criminal” records and was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of crimes including an attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.

Several cases were registered against him for his involvement in militant activities and prominent among them are FIR No. 312/2016 at PS Pulwama U/S 147, 148, 307, 337, 332, 427 RPC, FIR No. 371/2016 at PS Pulwama U/S 147, 148, 307, 337, 332, 427 RPC, FIR No. 296/2016 at PS Pulwama U/S 147, 148, 307, 337, 332, 427 RPC and FIR No. 8/2018 at PS Karan Nagar U/S 302, 120-B RPC, 7/27 arms Act which pertains to the militant attack inside the premises of SMHS Hospital in which two cops were killed and a Pakistani militant Naveed Jatt @Hanzalla had managed to escape.

Incriminating material such as arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation.

The body of the slain militant was handed over to his family after completion of medico-legal formalities.

Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir SP Pani said that the slain militant was a close aide of LeT Commander Naveed Jatt and he had helped him to escape from the Central Jail Srinagar.