Militants arrested after brief shootout at Thanamandi, Stolen weapon recovered

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Rajouri:- Security forces today arrested two militants after a brief shootout on a Naka at Thanamandi and recovered stolen arms and ammunition from their possession.

Today morning during wee hours a joint Naka of Rajouri Police, 72 Bn CRPF and Army (38 RR) laid on Rajouri – DKG road at Thanamandi chowk was conducting random frisking of vehicles when a two motorcycle borne militants reached there and were signaled to stop.

As it was still dark around, taking advantage of the situation the duo speed up their motorcycle and left it there at some distance from Naka and fired on chasing Naka personnel. However the jawans of Police, Army and CRPF taking due caution swiftly overpowered the duo while putting their lives on risk and apprehended the duo. The prompt and swift action jawans saved the Naka personnel as the duo could have tried to take position behind any object which could have lead to a difficult situation.

Soon after both the militants were overpowered and information was shared with officers, senior officers of police and army including SDPO Thanamandi Iftikar A Chowdhary and SHO Thanamandi Nazir Ahmad Dar along with reinforcement reached on spot and both the militants were arrested from the spot while whole area was cordoned and searches were launched. The arrested militants have been identified as Mukhtar Ahmed S/O Abdul Ahad Dar. R/O New Colony ~ Safanagri (Zainapura) Shopian
Age 22 Years and Aijaz Ahmed Paaray
S/O Sanullah Parray
R/O Keshva, Chitragama Shopian
Age 22 Years. Both are involved in militancy related cases of Police Station Zainapura Distt Shopian.

An Insas rifle with three magazines and 49 live cartridges along with two empty fired cartridges was recovered from their possession and at the time when area was under cordon near the shootout site, police persons deployed at police post BGSB Shrine Shahdra Sharif informed officers that a weapon (Insas) with magazines has been stolen by unidentified men from police barrack in wee hours.

During initial interrogation, both the arrested militants also disclosed that they stole the said weapon and magazines from police barrack by taking away the box of a Police Official and then breaking the lock and stealing away the weapon.
The duo was to join HM outfit in Shopian instantly and were in constant touch with HM Commander Zeenat-ul-Islam operating in South Kashmir.

Interrogation of both is going on and a case FIR 97/2018 U/S 307, 120-B, RPC, 7/27 IAA, 17/21/11/13 ULA Act has been registered in PS Thanamandi with SSP Rajouri Yougal Manhas and Addl SP Rajouri Mohd Yousaf also on spot for speedy probe of the matter.

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