A possible terror attack was stopped by the police in Jammu and Kashmir in an encounter. Three terrorist wer shot dead by the security forces in Pahalgam of Jammu and Kashmir, which comes under Anantnag district, a key route to the Amarnath yatra.
Three terrorist were shot dead by the police out of which one was the longest surviving Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists. “Ashraf Molvi (one of oldest surviving terrorist of HM terror outfit) along with two other terrorists killed. Successful operation on yatra route is a major success for us,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar tweeted.
Ashraf Molvi (one of oldest surviving #terrorist of HM #terror outfit) along with two other terrorists killed. #Successful #operation on yatra route is a major #success for us: IGP Kashmir https://t.co/k8uololRrT— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) May 6, 2022
Based on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the Srichand Top forest area in Pahalgam, Anantnag, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces. Three terrorists were killed in the retaliation, as the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces.
This operation was done on the route of Amarnath yatra route which became a huge success by the security forces there. Pahalgam is a famous tourist resort in the south pf Kashmir. It also serves as the base camp for the yatra which is scheduled to start from 30th of June after a gap of two years amidst the pandemic. A joint team of 19RR of Police and Army had cordoned off the area and launched a search operation in Batkoot forest.
After Riyaz Naikoo, Ashraf Molvi was given the charge to look after the operations of the terrorist group in Jammu and Kashmir. Riyaz Naikoo was killed by the security forces in May 2020. Mohammad Ashraf Khan alias Ashraf Molvi, a resident of Tengpawa Kokernag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district had joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 2013 and soon became the most wanted terrorist in the Valley. IGP Kumar said that he was instrumental in recruiting local people into the terrorist organisation.
Ashraf was included in the list of wanted terrorists released at the time of Maulvi Burhan Wani and the police was in search of him. There was also a reward of Rs 10 lakhs on him. So far, the security forces have eliminated 65 terrorists in the Kashmir Valley since the beginning of the year.
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