Srinagar : On 24/09/2020 at about 1800hrs, based on specific input about presence of terrorists in village Sirhama area of Anantnag, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Anantnag Police, 3RR and CRPF in the said area.
During the search operation, as the presence of terrorist got ascertained they were given opportunity to surrender however instead they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter. Due to darkness the operation was suspended and the whole area was put under strict cordon. Terrorists trapped inside made certain attempts to break the cordon and escape from the spot.
In the wee hours, the operation was resumed and in the ensuing encounter two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The killed terrorists have been identified as Adil Ahmad Bhat resident of Pulwama and Abu Rehan @Towheed a Pakistani national. Both the killed terrorists were commanders and affiliated with proscribed terror outfit LeT.
As per police records, the killed terrorists had a history of terror crime records. They were involved in planning & executing several terror attacks including civilian atrocities and attacks on security establishments. Terrorist Adil was involved in case FIR No. 117/2020 of PS Nowgam pertaining to the killing of two JKP personnel and weapon snatching at Nowgam Srinagar on 14-08-2020. Moreover, terrorist Abu Rehan was an important motivator and influenced young minds for joining terror ranks in the areas of South Kashmir. He was involved in motivating local youth to carry out Fidayeen attacks on Police/SFs. He was also involved in providing logistic support to the newly infiltrated terrorists and strengthening the LeT outfit throughout the valley by distributing newly joined/infiltrated terrorists to various areas.
Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. It’s pertinent to mention that the Insas rifle snatched in Nowgam attack was also recovered from the site. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their case.