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J-K encounter: Lashkar commander involved in killing 6 cops last month shot dead

Bashir Lashkari died in the company of Abu Maj, a militant from Pakistan. Two civilians also lost their lives on Saturday.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2017 21:15 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Anantnag‬,‪Jammu and Kashmir‬‬,Lashkar-e-Taiba
Security forces after the encounter in Anantnag ended. Two civilians were killed in the crossfire. (Waseem Andrabi/HT)

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including commander Bashir Lashkari, were shot dead in an encounter with security forces at Brenti-Batpora village in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday. While a middle-aged woman was killed in the crossfire, another civilian died in clashes that erupted at the site.

Lashkari was allegedly involved in the killing of six security personnel last month. The second militant was identified as Abu Maj from Pakistan.

Though 17 people were rescued from the house in which the militants were holed up, security personnel said a 44-year-old woman named Tahira lost her life in the shootout. The people were allegedly being used as human shields by Lashkari and Maj. A couple of weapons were recovered from the scene of the encounter.

The man killed in clashes with security personnel outside the house was identified as 21-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan.

Confirming the incident, deputy general of police SP Vaid said security personnel had been pursuing Lashkari ever since he and his men killed station house officer Feroz Dar and five other policemen on June 16. The militants had fired at them from a close range, mutilating their bodies.

Lashkari (born Bashir Ahmad Wani) was the district commander of the LeT in Anantnag. A resident of Sopshail Kokernag, he was categorised as an A++ militant with a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head. Lashkari had taken up militancy in October 2015.

Sub-inspector Feroz Ahmed Dar was among the six policemen killed in an ambush by suspected Lashkar militants in south Kashmir’s Anantnag in June. (PTI file)

Senior superintendent of police (Baramulla) Imtaiz Hussain congratulated the personnel involved over a job well done. “RIP Feroz. Justice delivered. Wish good sense prevails, there are no more killings in Kashmir, and we all live in peace,” he tweeted soon after the incident.

Slogans like ‘SHO Feroz Amar Rahe’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ were also raised by security personnel.

This is the second success witnessed by security forces in the last 15 days. On June 16, LeT commander Junaid Ahmad Mattoo was killed along with two associates in a gunfight with security forces at Arwani village. Earlier in May, police had killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat.

First Published: Jul 01, 2017 12:29 IST