A Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorist was killed while a 19-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) affiliate was arrested in separate anti-terror operations across Kashmir in the past 24 hours.
Late on Monday, security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, based on intelligence inputs. The holed-up terrorists opened fire at the search party, triggering an encounter in which one terrorist was killed.
Police identified the slain terrorist as Shahid Ahmad, affiliated to the proscribed HM outfit and involved in several terror crimes. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site, J&K Police confirmed in a tweet.
In another operation in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday, a joint team of Army and J&K Police arrested LeT operative Sajid Farooq Dar alias Adnan from Andergam area of Pattan. A resident of Gund Prang in Hajin area of Bandipora district, Adnan had recently cleared his class 12 exams and picked up arms only three days ago. He had come to meet his associate in Pattan when he was apprehended by security forces, SSP Baramulla Abdul Qayoom said.
“A preliminary investigation revealed that Adnan was in Andergam to meet a friend who, too, was planning to join militancy. He was, however, arrested on his way there,” SSP Qayoom said, adding that a grenade was also recovered from the teenager’s possession.
The SSP said Adnan was inspired to take up arms after his terrorist friend Saqib Bilal was killed in an encounter in December 2018. “After seeing hundreds of people thronging Bilal’s funeral, Adnan was influenced to join militancy. Being of tender age, he could be easily brainwashed. He wasn’t involved in any attack yet as he had joined terror ranks barely three days ago,” he said.
Pattan Police have registered an FIR against Adnan under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.