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Police press statement regarding Shopian encounter

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Dr. Mohammad Rafiq Bhat, who was among those killed in the encounter.

Srinagar, May 06: Police Sunday evening released a press statement regarding today’s encounter at Badigam Shopian, we present it verbatim:
Apropos the encounter which took place at Badigam Shopian, the slain terrorists have been identified of outlawed HM outfit known as Saddam Hussain Paddar of Heff, Shopian who was active since September, 2014.

Bilal Ahmad Mohand of Heff Shirmal, Shopian was active since October, 2016.

Adil Ahmad Malik of Malik Gund, Shopian was active since August, 2014.

Tauseef Ahmad Sheikh of Rampora, Quimoh was active since 2013 and

Mohammad Rafi Bhat of Ganderbal who had recently joined them.

Saddam Paddar and his associates were involved in a number of civilian killings and in terror attacks on Security Forces besides instigating youth to join terrorist network.

Pertinently Police made repeated attempts to make them surrender which did not materialise.

During the encounter, unfortunately while handling a highly volatile situation civilians were injured in cross firing among them five civilians succumbed to their injuries. The condition of other injured persons is stated to be stable.

We once again reiterate that encounter sites are prohibitory zones and highly susceptible to cross firing so must be avoided by civilians.

The three SFs injured including one policeman is under treatment at hospital.

In this regard, a case has been registered under relevant sections and investigation has been taken up.