June 25: On a specific input generated by Sopore Police regarding presence of militants in village Hardshiva area of Sopore, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 22RR and 179Bn CRPF in the said area.
During the search operation as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given opportunity to surrender, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The identification and affiliation of the killed Militants is being ascertained. However as per credible sources the killed Militants belonged to proscribed LeT militants outfit.
Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their role and complicity in other Militant crimes.
The dead bodies of the killed Militants have been sent to Baramulla for their last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including collection of their DNA. In case any family claims the killed Militants to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification and participation in last rites at Baramulla.
In this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Bomie and investigation has been initiated.
People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any.