No Srinagar resident in terrorist ranks: JKP

TNN Bureau. Updated: 7/27/2020 10:41:08 AM Front Page

SRINAGAR: No resident of Srinagar- the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir - is now in the militant ranks, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said on Sunday, a day after a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander was killed by security forces here.

"After #killing of #LeT #terrorist Ishfaq Rashid Khan yesterday, no resident of #Srinagar district in terrorist ranks now,” he said on the Twitter handle of Kashmir zone police.

Khan, a resident of Sozeith area of Srinagar, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Ranbirgarh area on the outskirts of the city in which another militant, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, from South Kashmir's Pulwama district was also killed.

Kumar had recently also said that Srinagar city would never be militancy-free as militants from other districts of the Valley keep on coming here.

"Srinagar is a city where militants come often. Sometimes they come for medical treatment, meetings or collecting funds. Srinagar can never be militant free as long as militancy is there," he had told reporters.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that the missing Phd scholar from Bemina, Srinagar has not been listed in the militant category yet as more verification was needed.

“We have not listed the missing Phd scholar Hilal Ahmed Dar from Bemina, Srinagar in the militant category as more verification is needed,” he said.

On June 16, Dar, a resident of Housing Colony Bemina, who was pursuing Phd in Management studies, went missing after going on a trekking in the hills of Naranag in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir. Though four of his friends had returned home, but Dar didn’t. Since then his family members especially his uncles have been moving from pillar to post to track Dar, but so far there are no whereabouts of Dar.

On June 23, at a wreath laying ceremony of a slain CRPF man at RTC Humhama, speaking to reporters, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar in presence of DGP Dilbag Singh in reply to query had said that the missing Bemina youth had reportedly joined militant ranks. However, the family members of Dar, strongly refuted the police claim stating that their son had no inclination with the militancy.

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