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3 among 4 slain in Shopian gunfight had joined militant ranks recently: Police

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Srinagar: Three of the four militants killed in an encounter with government forces in Shopian district on Sunday had joined militant ranks recently and were recruited by one who was the fourth among the dead, police said.
A police spokesman identified slain as as Rafi Hassan Mir of Kralchak Shopian, Suhail Ahmad Bhat of Batmuran Shopian, Showkat Ahmad Mir of Rajpora Pulwama and Azad Ahmad Khanday of Bamnoo Pulwama.
“Showkat had a long history of militancy crime records since 2015. He was initially part of proscribed outfit HM,” he said, adding, “As per police records, was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities. Several crime cases were registered against him including Case FIR No. 113/2016 of P/S Rajpora pertaining to firing on a guard post at Sheikhard, Case FIR No. 02/2017 of P/S Rajpora pertaining to the lobbing of grenade on security forces, Case FIR No. 20/2017 of P/S Rajpora pertaining to firing on civilians Bashir Ahmad Dar and Altaf Ahmad at Qasabyar in which Bashir Dar succumbed and Altaf was seriously injured, Case FIR No. 21/2017 of P/S Rajpora pertaining to civilian atrocities and Case FIR No. 01/2019 of P/S Rajpora pertaining to killing of a policeman Sameer Ahmad.”
Showkat Mir was also instrumental in the recruitment of Azad Ahmad, Rafi Hassan and Suhail Ahmad who had recently joined the fold.
“Pertinently with the efforts of Police and government forces, it was a clean operation. No collateral damage happened during the encounter.”

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