Srinagar: In a major victory for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the nephew of Masood Azhar was eliminated in the encounter in Pulwama’s Aglar Kandi on Monday where three terrorists were gunned down.
A JeM spokesperson stated that one of the terrorists is Talha Rasheed, who was the JeM Chief’s nephew. Other two terrorists killed in the encounter are JeM’s Divisional Commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local and Waseem, a resident of Drubgam Pulwama.
This was the same group of terrorists that had carried out an attack on a police party three days ago where a police constable lost his life.
Security forces have recovered one AK-47 rifle and an American made M4 rifle, along with other ammunition from the spot of the encounter.
One security personnel, Lance Naik Vrahma Pal Singh, was martyred in the counter-terror operations.
A joint team of Army’s 44 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cordoned off the village after inputs about the presence of terrorists there. As security forces tightened the cordon, the hiding terrorists fired at them after which a gunfight started.
After Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew Talha Rashid was gunned down in an encounter at Pulwama on Tuesday, the security forces slammed Pakistan for abetting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
While addressing a press conference in Srinagar, IG, Jammu and Kashmir Police, Munir Khan along with the representatives of the Indian Army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said that the recovery of a M4 rifle from the encounter site highlighted the link between the Pakistan Army and the JeM.
But Khan reiterated that recovery of an M4 carbine should not be a cause for worry since it is a difficult weapon to maintain and difficult to hide, adding that that only one of them have been seized so far. “AK 47 is still the mainstream weapon. It is adaptive, flexible and the mainstay of most armies,” said Indian Army Major General BS Raju.
JeM chief’s nephew was among the three militants killed in a gunfight with government forces in Aglar village of Pulwama district last night. “Jaish-e-Muhammad has owned Talha Rasheed,” IG said. In a joint presser police and army officers said that quality of militancy has come down.
“Top commanders have been killed but militancy is still there,” they said. “Number of home grown militants has come down that is why JeM is taking central stage,” they said. The US made M-4 rifle was also shown to media which according to police was recovered from the gunfight site.