Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces at Gund Baba Khali area of Sangam in Anantnag last night, police said.
Giving details a police spokesman said on a credible input regarding presence of militants, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in the village last night.
During the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.
“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They were identified as Naveed Ahmad Bhat and Aqib Ahmad Bhat both residents of Kulgam,” the spokesman said.
He added that as per police records, they were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit LeT and were wanted by law for their complicity including attacks on security establishments.
The spokesman said there was no collateral damage during the course of encounter. “Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” the spokesman said.
He stated that people are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any
“According to the police records, Naveed had a history of records since 2018 and was involved in planning and executing several attacks in the area. Several cases were registered against him including Case FIR No. 10/2019 pertaining to firing on Army camp at Khudwani Kulgam, FIR No. 67/2019 pertaining to planning of r attacks on security forces in the area, FIR No. 03/2020 pertaining to recovery of ammunition at Rampora area of Kulgam besides several other cases were also registered against him including case FIR numbers 57/2018, 26/2019, 50/2019 of PS Qaimoh,” the spokesman said.
Similarly, Aqib was involved in several cases including attack on security establishments.