New Delhi, July 12: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday revealed that one of the terrorist killed in today’s encounter with security forces in Budgam was involved in the death of DSP Ayub Pandith in June. J&K police claimed that one of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was gunned down today in Radbug area of Budgam was indeed involved in the lynching of Pandith on June 22.
In today’s incident, three militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were slayed by security forces in Radbug area of Kashmir’s Budgam. The forces reportedly acted on an intelligence input that informed about the location of the militants. While the gun battle began on Tuesday evening after security forces laid a cordon around Radbug village of Budgam district, it ended with the three terrorists ending up dead.
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As per police sources quoted by IANS, the militants opened fire at the security forces when the cordon around the house in which they were hiding was tightened. The holed up militants also rushed out from their hideout firing indiscriminately in a bid to break the cordon, reports claimed.
It was a joint operation of carried out by the police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Army. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the scene. Reportedly, an AK-56 assault rifle, an SLR, a pistol and seven magazines were among those recovered.
Ayub Pandith, a Deputy Superintendent of Police was lynched by a mob on the night of June 22 in Srinagar. According to reports, the lynching was preceded by an altercation in which Pandith had to fire his service pistol to ward them off. He was soon overpowered and the mob lynched him and reportedly dragged his body to the point beyond Khanyar Chowk. This gruesome act was also condemned by the Hurriyat Conference, which emphasised that they did not endorse brutality of any sort from any quarter.