IGP said the owner of the house, where a militant was killed, and his family members misled the government forces team by saying that no militant was hiding in their house.

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday said that action under “terror law” will be taken against the owner and the family members of a house, in Kulgam, where a militant was killed.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said that the owner and his family members of the house where a militant was killed in a military operation, misled the search team by saying that no militant was hiding in their house which led to collateral damage. “Therefore action under anti-terror law will be initiated against the family.”

The IGP was speaking to the media during a visit to Kulgam “encounter site” and SOG camp Nillow Kulgam, where besides interacting with JKP, Army, and CRPF personnel, he also reviewed the security grid and operational aspects.

One militant and one Special Operations Group personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police were killed in a military operation in Pariwan village of Kulgam district. Besides, three army personnel and two civilians were injured in the operation.

A spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir police identified the slain militant as Babar Bhai of Jaish-e-Muhamma militant outfit and the slain SOG personnel as Rohit Chib, a senior grade constable.

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The spokesperson said during the operation one police personnel, three Army personnel, and two civilians were injured. “All the injured were immediately shifted to hospital for treatment, however, police personnel Chib succumbed to his injuries. The condition of other injured including two civilians who had sustained minor injuries is stated to be stable.”

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Revealing details about the operation, he said that based on specific input about the presence of a militant in the Pariwan area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched yesterday evening by Police and Army (34RR) in the said area.

During the search operation, as the joint search party approached the suspected spot, “the hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter”.

As per police records, the spokesperson said, the slain militant was active since 2018 in the areas of Shopian-Kulgam and its adjoining areas. He was wanted by law in several cases, he said.

“Incriminating materials, arms, and ammunition including 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 Pistol, and 2 grenades were also recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.”

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