Srinagar, 8 July 2021: Four terrorists were neutralized in two separate overnight operations in Pulwama and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir on the intervening night of 7/8 July 2021. At Zodar, Kulgam, a joint team of Anantnag based Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Jammu & Kashmir Police (JKP) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched multiple mobile vehicle check points on receiving inputs regarding the movement of terrorists in the area.
"At 0300 hours, a white Maruti Car was asked to stop for checking. The terrorists on seeing the troops started firing and ran towards the adjoining forested area. The area was immediately cordoned off and fire fight ensued. In the joint operation two terrorists, Shahbaaz Ahmad Shah of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) active since 11 July 2020 and Nasir Ayub Pandit of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) active since 5 June 2021, were neutralized. One AK-47 & one pistol with large quantity of ammunition was recovered," read a statment issued by a defence spokeperson.
The statment went on to read, "In a separate operation, based on specific intelligence of JKP, troops of Panzgom based RR, JKP & CRPF laid cordon around a built-up area in Puchhal, Pulwama. At 0030 hours, terrorists lobbed grenades on the cordon party and tried to escape. However alert troops immediately retaliated and foiled the escape bid. Call for surrender was made, but the terrorist retaliated by firing & lobbing grenades at the security forces. In the ensuing gunfight, two terrorists of LeT were eliminated.
"They have been identified as Kifayat Sofi and Inayat Ahmad Dar of Pulwama district. One AK-47and one pistol and other war like stores were recovered from the encounter site. According to the Police all of these terrorists were involved in threatening the civilian population and extortion of money." The number of terrorists killed in the valley this year now stands at 71.