Three activists killed in Shopian district of J&K
Three Resistance Front (TRF) activists, including one involved in the recent murder of a non-local peddler here, were killed during an overnight encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir , the police said on Tuesday.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation on Monday evening in Tulran, in the Imamsahab neighborhood of Shopian, in South Kashmir, after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, said a police official.
He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired on the forces search team, which retaliated.
In the ensuing shooting, three activists were killed, the official said.
Police said they belonged to TRF – a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
“#ShopianEncounterUpdate: 03 #terrorists from LeT (TRF) killed. Identification being verified. # Incriminating material including weapons & ammunition recovered. Currently researching. Further details will follow, ”Kashmir area police wrote on their Twitter account.
Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said one of the three activists was involved in the murder of non-local peddler Virendra Paswan.
“#ShopianEncounterUpdate: Out of 03 #terrorists killed, one terrorist was identified as Mukhtar Shah from #Ganderbal, who switched to #Shopian after killing peddler Virendra Paswan from Bihar,” Kashmir area police said citing the IGP.
Paswan was gunned down in the city’s Hawal neighborhood on October 5 immediately after famous chemist ML Bindroo was killed near his pharmacy.
Activists also killed Mohammad Shafi Lone, chairman of a local taxi rank in the Naidkhai area of Bandipora district that day.