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Lawaypora gunfight: Slain militant never went to University, say JK Police

Srinagar, Jan 01(KINS): Police on Friday refuted the claim of parents of one of the slain that he went to University to fill up form on the day of Lawaypora encounter which broke out in Central Kashmir’s Srinagar district.

In a statement issued to media, the police said that Lawaypora Srinagar encounter started with army inputs and eventually fructified into a joint operation of Army, CRPF and Police. After the cordon was laid, militants lobbed grenade from inside and fired upon search party.

Although as per SOP militants were repeatedly appealed by the troops to surrender in the evening and again in the morning. However,instead of surrendering, they fired upon troops and eventually got neutralised in a fire-fight.

In so far as claims of the parents that Aijaz Maqbool Ganai went to the University to fill up form is concerned. The same was verified and cross checked through the modern techniques including records of telecom department. Contrary to the claims, the verified digital evidence revealed and corroborated that Aijaz and Ather had gone to Hyderpora and from there to the place of occurrence only.

Similarly, Zubair had gone first to Pulwama, then Anantnag, then Shopian to Pulwama and finally came to place of occurrence.

Background check also reveals that Aijaz and Ather Mustaq, both OGWs variously provided logistic support to militants.

Antecedents and verifications too shows that both were radically inclined and had aided militants of LeT (now so-called TRF) outfit.

One of OGW presently under police custody has also corroborated Aijaz’s association with LeT militant Faisal Mustaq Baba who was killed in Meej (Pampore) encounter in June last year. Pertinently, Ather was relative and OGW of HM top commander Rayees Kachroo who got killed in year 2017.
Nevertheless police is investigating into the case from all possible angles, reads the statement.(KINS)

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