Qayoom Khan
Srinagar, Oct 14: A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander was among two militants killed in an early morning encounter at Pulwama on Saturday, police said.
A police official told news agency GNS that a joint team of police, army’s 3 RR, 55 RR, 182 & 183 Battalion CRPF cordoned off the Litter village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama after inputs about the presence of militants in the village.As the joint team was zeroing on the target house which was the house of former militant Pintu Malik, the holed up militants opened fire, resulting in a gun fight that ended with killing of both the militants, he said.
In gunfight, Lashkar’s district commander, Waseem Ahmad Shah alias Abu Usama Bhai son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah resident of Heff Shirmal, Shopian, was killed along with an associate Nisar Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Hameed Mir resident of Litter at Litter village of Pulwama. Waseem Shah was Lashkar’s district commander and one of the “notorious militants” operating in South Kashmir.
“He had joined militant ranks in March 2014. He was involved in number of FIRs viz 19/2014, 37/2014, 47/2014, 27/2015, 17/2016, 45/2016 30/2017, 02/2017, 50/2017 of P/S Zainapora and 107/2014, 130/2014, 87/2015 of P/S Shopian. His associate Nisar had joined militant ranks this year. Two AK 47 rifles and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site,” the police said. Waseem Shah was a close associate of militant commander Burhan Wani.
Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral of both the militants in their respective villages. Both were buried amid massive pro-Islam, pro-Azadi and anti-India sloganeering. Major parts of Pulwama and Shopian districts observed shutdown to mourn deaths of militants. The authorities also downgraded mobile Internet services to 2G in both the districts. Police said that the day passed off peacefully.