Security forces foiled a plan to carry out a major suicide attack in Srinagar, killing two terrorists in an encounter. During this, a helper and dental surgeon of the terrorists were also killed in the cross-firing. One of those killed is Sameer Ahmed Tantre, an 11-day-old terrorist from Tral and Amir, a resident of Banihal in the Jammu division. Altaf Ahmed, a helper of terrorists who died in the cross-firing, is a cement businessman by profession, while the fourth youth whose body was found from the encounter site this morning is that of Senior Dental Surgeon Dr Mudassar Gul, resident of Rawalpora.
This is the second encounter in Srinagar city during the last 24 hours. Earlier on Sunday evening, terrorists escaped after suddenly attacking the police party in Nawakadal. A policeman was seriously injured in the attack.
Concerned police officials said security was beefed up on information that terrorists had entered the city to carry out the suicide attack. Continuous raids were also being done on the possible hideouts of terrorists. Meanwhile, at around 5 pm, news came that a group of terrorists had been seen near the private hospital on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway at Galvanpora near Hyderpora.
There is also a showroom of vehicles near this hospital. At six o’clock, the Special Operation Team (SOG) of the police and the CRPF jawans started the siege of the terrorist hideout. While trying to save themselves, the terrorists also tried to take two to three people hostage, but due to the quick action and understanding of the security forces, the terrorists failed in their plan. However, rejecting the soldiers’ warning of surrender, the terrorists opened fire, the soldiers retaliated, and in the next six minutes, one terrorist was killed.
The terrorists were on the top floor of the compound of Altaf, a cement trader. The security forces repeatedly asked the surviving terrorists to surrender, but they kept firing intermittently. The movement of vehicles on the highway and at the Srinagar airport was also suspended due to the encounter. The second terrorist was also killed at around quarter to quarter night. During this, the helper of the terrorists and their overground worker Altaf also got injured due to bullet injuries. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, where he died.
Local sources said Altaf was a cement trader. He was with the terrorists during the encounter. The terrorists allegedly tried to take him hostage, too. According to some people, seeing himself trapped, he pretended to be a hostage of terrorists, but the terrorists shot him, seeing himself trapped. Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said that the digital evidence found from the encounter site shows that Altaf Dar was a helper of the terrorists. He used to help the terrorists operating in Srinagar and Budgam in every way.
Both the terrorists killed today were hiding on the top floor of one of his buildings. He was injured by the bullet fired by the terrorists and later succumbed to his injuries. He said that the encounter site and the adjoining buildings are being searched as a precautionary measure. During the search, the body of Senior Dental Surgeon Dr Mudassar Gul resident Rawalpora was also found. Sources say that the doctor died due to cross-firing. The bodies of both the slain terrorists and their associates have been recovered. After the post-mortem, they will be buried under the prescribed rules. A massive cache of weapons was also found near the dead bodies of the terrorists.
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The total death toll in the country is now at 4,91,700. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.
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The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has called a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on easing the curbs in the national capital because of the improved situation of COVID-19. The issue of reopening schools is also on the agenda.
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