One of three terrorists killed in encounter in Srinagar's Rambagh identified as top TRF commander
As per officials, the ultras were killed in a brief shootout near the Rambagh bridge on Lal Chowk-Airport road. They added, the identity and group affiliation of the militants were being ascertained
Srinagar: One of the three terrorists killed in an encounter in Srinagar's Rambagh on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as a top The Resistance Front (TRF) commander.
Speaking to ANI, Kashmir Zone Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said, "One of the three terrorists killed in the encounter in Srinagar's Rambagh has been identified as Mehran, a top TRF commander who was involved in the killing of two teachers and other civilians in the city."
"Identity of others is being ascertained," he said.
The ultras were killed in a brief shootout near the Rambagh bridge on Lal Chowk-Airport road, the officials said. They said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants were being ascertained.
NDTV had reported, the police have so far identified two terrorists as Mehran and Basit. Both were affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Toiba's The Resistance Front (TRF), they said.
"Mehran has been identified by his family members and he was involved in the killings of five civilians, including that of pharmacist Makhan Lal Bindroo," Jammu and Kashmir top cop Dilbagh Singh told NDTV. "Mehran has been identified as of now. It seems that one of them was a foreign terrorist and the third was from Pulwama," he added.
Mehran was also involved in the killings of school principal Sukhwinder Kaur and teacher Deepak Chand, the police said.
According to him, the police in the Union Territory had prior information about the movement of terrorists, based on which police parties were deployed to catch them. "Three terrorists who have been gunned down had entered the city with a view of doing some action in the city," he said.
The terrorists opened fire when the police engaged with them and were shot dead in the exchange of fire. The brief shootout took place in a busy market below the Rambagh flyover and within minutes three people were killed, eyewitnesses told NDTV.
As per NDTV's report, soon after the encounter, the locals held protests in the area. A group of women and men were also seen shouting slogans.
Over the last two months, Kashmir has been witnessing a rise in violence and civilian killings. Amit Shah during his recent visit to Srinagar had also expressed concern over the rise in civilian killings in the same period. Amit Shah had also asked agencies operating in Jammu and Kashmir to curb the growing radicalisation in the Valley. 148 terrorists have been killed in the Valley so far this year, of which 127 were locals and 21 were foreign terrorists, reported NDTV.
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