Six Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists are reported to be gunned down, including the killer of journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Anantnag district, Kashmir in an encounter with security forces in Sekipora area of Bijbhera on Friday.
An operation conducted at wee hours was jointly by Indian Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 166 battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the police force of the state Jammu and Kashmir.
The Operation was based on credible inputs received about the presence of terrorists, a cordon and search operation was launched in the woods of Sekipora. As the operation was proceeding, terrorists opened fire on the search officials. Retaliating to the firing, it turned into a gun battle between the two.
The editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari’s killer and top LeT leader, Azad Ahmad Malik is one of the terrorists who has been gunned down by officials in this cross-firing.
According to the reports of Greater Kashmir, the terrorists murdered have been identified as Azad Ahmad Malik alias Dada of Arwani, Basit Mir of Khanabal, Unais/ Anees of Takyibal, Bijbehara, Aqib of Waghama Bijbehara, Shahid from Awantipora and Firdaus Ahmad of Machpona Pulwama.
Weapons were seized in large quantity, including a massive number of arms and ammunition from the site of encounter. Along with that, five AK-47 rifles and one INSAS rifle was recovered by the forces.
The police have registered a case and initiated an investigation in the matter. Relevantly. No collateral damage has taken place in this incident as stated by the State Police in a statement. The bodies of the terrorist have been handed down to the family to perform the last rites.
They have also advised people to not venture inside the encounter zone as these areas might be dangerous due to stray explosive materials.
Reports confirm that the murder of journalist Bukhari was planned from across the border, giving LeT directions to implement on the ground. The murder of Shujaat Bukhari had sent a wave of shock through India's north-most state. The former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met with Bukhari's family at the hospital whereas former CM Omar Abdullah was present at Baramulla on Friday as hundreds of people gathered to pay their last respects.