Jammu and Kashmir Police have identified two terrorists involved in the killing of a Kashmiri Dogra youth in village Chotigam, located 65 km south of Srinagar on Tuesday. One of them identified as Adil Wai of the nearby village escaped being arrested later night from his family house. His house in village Kutpora was used as a terrorist hideout and for storing arms and ammunition.
Wani was identified by Pitambar Kumar, brother of the slain Kashmiri, who has sustained gunshot wounds in his body and is under treatment in the hospital. He told police Adil accompanied by another person had opened fire on them as they were inside their orchard early morning on Tuesday.
The identity of the second killer is not being disclosed for now.
Police have identified Adil Wani as a top-ranking terrorist of Al Bard, a pro-Pakistan terror outfit. He had taken shelter in his house in village Kutpora, located nearby after killing Sunil Kumar and injuring his brother Pitambar Kumar alias Pintu early morning as they were visiting their orchard.
Police Director General Dilbagh Singh told media person on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of ITBP men, who died in the Pahalgam accident Tuesday, said that the “people have supported positive changes on the ground well, which doesn’t suit the anti-peace elements, who are trying to disturb the peace.”
Local Muslims of village Chotigam held a protest against the killings of innocents by terrorists during the funeral procession of a local Kashmiri Hindu on Tuesday morning.
About the Shopian killing, Dilbagh Singh said that the identification of two persons involved has been established, while a further process has been initiated and strict action will be taken.
The police cordoned off Kutpora village late at night after receiving information about Adil being present in his house. As the police party was approaching Adil’s house, he managed to escape in the cover of the darkness by throwing grenades at the police party.
The Police have booked Wani’s father and three brothers sheltering a terrorist and the authorities have launched the process of attaching the property.
In the search of his house, the Police recovered arms and ammunition.
Earlier this year, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had announced that it would start the process of “attachment of some immovable properties which have been used for purpose of terrorism as per section 2(g) and 25 of ULP Act (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act)” and asked people not to shelter or harbour terrorists/terror associates.
Terrorists have resorted to targeted killings in the Valley. In June 2022, a bank manager, identified as Vijay Kumar, was shot dead outside his office by terrorists in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Before that, on May 31, Rajni Bala, a female Hindu teacher, was shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir's Kulgam district.