I have no reason to dispute the version of a senior army officer on the Srinagar meeting: J&K DGP

Jammu: There is no reason to dispute an army commander’s version that the three militants killed in an encounter in the suburbs of Srinagar intended to carry out a “great terrorist attack”, JK DGP Dilbag Singh said Thursday, following claims from families that the young people killed were not involved in activism.

The Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir (DGP) also said that if there was any truth in the statement of the relatives of the slain terrorists, the police would act accordingly. “My first impression of this operation is that the operation was carried out in the right way,” Singh said.

The general officer commanding the Kilo Force, Major General HS Sahi, spoke to the media on Wednesday, reportedly saying the three activists were planning a “big strike” on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway and that they had repeatedly refused offers of abandonment during the meeting. Police said the meeting broke out between activists and security forces in the Lawaypora region on Tuesday evening and ended on Wednesday. While one activist was killed in the early hours of Wednesday, two others were shot dead hours later, they said.

“The GoC is a senior officer. I have no reason to dispute what he said (about the meeting),” Singh told reporters. The DGP was responding to a question about the army officer’s declaration of “great terrorist strike” in the context of the police saying that the militants killed were not on the “terrorist list”.

Singh also said, “It is not important that every activist is listed with the police. It is after a chain of processes that they are listed.” On Wednesday, a police spokesman said that while the three terrorists killed “were not mentioned in our terrorist list, two of them were staunch associates of the terrorists (field workers)” and added that of the two, one was a relative of the top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Rayees Kachroo, who was killed in 2017. He also said that the third was suspected of having joined the ranks of the militants very recently.

However, family members from Pulwama and Shopian districts in southern Kashmir, during a protest in Srinagar on Wednesday, claimed that the young people killed had no connection with activism and that two of them were students. The young people killed were Athar Mushtaq and Aijaz Maqbool, both students, and Zubair Ahmad was a carpenter, the families said.

Regarding the families’ allegations, DGP Singh said that “about yesterday’s operation, what you referred to … parents do not know where their children were. Families of two young people killed claimed that their children had gone to submit forms to a I want to ask them what their children were doing on the dating site if they had gone to submit forms. “” We will review the parents’ statements. indeed, we will act accordingly. My initial impression of this operation is that the operation was carried out in the right way, “he said. The families of the young people had organized the demonstration in front of the police control room (PCR) in Srinagar, declaring that “their neighborhoods were not activists but students”. .