‘Vital clues in Qadri’s assassination, case will be solved soon’
Stating the Samboora gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district among the “successful operations”, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Monday said that joint security forces achieved a “big success” by killing one of the longest surviving militant commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit and his close aide.
DGP also said that investigation into the case of Advocate Babar Qadri’s assassination has entered into the final stage and soon the case will be cracked.
The DGP, who was addressing a press conference in District Police Lines (DPL) Awantipora of Pulwama district, said joint security forces succeeded in neutralising two militants in Samboora gunfight that erupted on Sunday late night.
“The anti-militancy operations in Samboora area of Pulwama district started yesterday and due to darkness, forces couldn’t continue searches in the area. However when searches were resumed today wee hours, two militant bodies were recovered from the spot among one was identified as Aijaz Ahmad Reshi, who was the longest surviving militant of LeT outfit”, DGP said.
“Aijaz Reshi was operating as Over Ground Worker (OGW) in 2015 and joined militancy before the killing of Burhan Wani,” DGP told media personnel.
Terming the slain militant Aijaz a “dangerous militant”, DGP Dilbagh Singh said that he carried out deadliest attacks on security forces inflicted heavy casualties. “He took part in an attack at EDI Pampore in which eight CRPF personnel were killed. He had also ferried Lashkar men to the spot. At Kadlabal Pampore, he had fired at an Army party killing three soldiers. He had taken part in a series of attacks on security forces”, Singh said.
He was the main recruiter for the Lashkar and had recruited many youth especially Towseef Khanday, ,Rafiq Dar and Adil Ahmed, all slain Lashkar militants.
“Aijaz was killed along with other local militant Sajad Ahmed Sofi who was recruited by Aijaz and trained by him only”, the DGP said.
He said during searches, joint security forces recovered arms and ammunition besides incriminating material from the slain militants. “”Two AK-47 rifles, two magazines, some rounds and incriminating material was recovered from the slain militants,” DGP said.
He, at the occasion, complimented 50 RR and 110 Battalion CRPF who were part of the operation at Samboora.
To a query about local militancy recruitment in south Kashmir parts, the DGP said that the graph has witnessed decline compared to previous years. “Three youths were persuaded and brought back to their families during the last 15 days, besides 24 youth shunned the path of militancy and returned to their homes after involving their parents,” he said.
DGP, during a presser, said that Police have managed to get some vital clues about Babar Qadri’s assassination and soon the case will be cracked.
“We have already constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by SP rank officer who have succeeded in getting vital clues which will positively help us to crack the case soon”, DGP said. KNS