The police on Friday claimed that the militant killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday was a history-sheeter and had decamped with a rifle from a police station.
Around 5:30pm, Sajad Malik alias Bita Malik decamped with an AK rifle along with one magazine from the Dooru police station. “After firing some shots near the market and taking advantage of the darkness, he managed to escape towards Zamalgam village,” a police spokesman said.
Near Cherikari village of Anantnag, Malik fired towards an army patrol. “The fire was retaliated and in the exchange of fire, Malik got killed,” the spokesman added.
He said the deceased was a released militant and a “history sheeter”, who “was already arrested in militancy cases lodged in various police stations.”
On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president GA Mir demanded a judicial probe into the killing, saying the deceased was an ex-sarpanch belonging to his party.
“Malik was accused by the state of participating in a protest rally (during the unrest), which may be true and for which there is the law of the land to deal with,” Mir had said.
He termed the killing as “politically motivated custodial murder.”