SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said on Thursday that those killed in the Hyderpora gunfight were not innocent and that there was strong evidence against them.
“There are very strong evidences available in this case and will be shared with all concerned very soon. The so-called innocent civilians are taking the foreign militant out for a recce on a motorbike, picking up targets, and you call them innocent,” the DGP said.
The DGP told reporters at a press conference that an SIT had been constituted to investigate the Hyderpora encounter. “We must give them some time to make specific comments. However, I would like to say with full authority that the police is doing its work professionally and our officers know how to conduct operations. We don’t want lessons on conducting operations from the people who are unaware of how the operations are being carried out,” the DGP said in response to a question.
Four people, including Pakistani LeT terrorist Bilal Bahia, alias Haidar, his associates Amir and Mudasir Gul, and one civilian, Altaf Bhat, were killed by security forces in an encounter at Hyderpora, Srinagar, on Monday last week. However, politicians and the slain men’s kin had claimed that the three were not involved in terrorism. The police, however, had claimed they were directly involved but had admitted that Altaf Bhat, the owner of the building in which the terrorists were hiding, had been killed in the crossfire.
“The foreign militant (Pakistani national) moving around in the city with a weapon was responsible for shooting a policeman and that policeman recognised him as he fired at him from very close range.
Our investigation is in progress, which is suggesting very much (sic) that the militant (Pakistani) has a militant network around him that was supporting him. We will see who is involved to what extent and this will be shared at the right time,” the DGP said.
“This is high time people accept the reality without mixing it with their imagination,” he said. “Yesterday three terrorists were killed in the Rambagh encounter. Srinagar resident Meehran was chief among them and all three are responsible for so many innocent civilian killings, including schoolteachers Supinder Kaur and Deepak Chan Mehra, police SI Arshad and many grenade firing incidents,” he said, adding that “those who try to show them as innocents are enemies of humanity”.
“More than 20 militants involved in civilian killings have been killed so far. Only Basit of Kulgam is absconding right now and the security forces are after him. He will be soon taken to task,” the DGP said.
On the term “hybrid militant”, the DGP said these militants look like normal school-going boys or office-goers but can pick up a gun anytime to kill anyone.
ADG (Jammu range) Mukesh Singh, meanwhile, said drugs “worth Rs 100 crore” had been seized in Jammu. “A truck bearing a registration number of Haryana was seized with a consignment of 52 kg of heroin,” Singh said.

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