Major Attack on Amarnath Yatra averted, 3 Hizbul militants killed


Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including the oldest surviving ultra of the outfit, were killed in an encounter with security forces near the route of the annual Amarnath Yatra in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir police said. A police said security forces arrested a terrorist of the HM outfit identified as Mohammad Ishfaq Shergojri, resident of Nowgam Verinag, during a cordon and search operation (CASO) at Kokernag area of Anantnag . During the sustained interrogation of the arrested terrorist, leads were developed and several CASOs were conducted in various areas of Anantnag,” he said. One such CASO was launched in the forest area of Sirchan Top (East of Batkot Pahalgam) area of Anantnag. The operation turned into an encounter after the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces. Three terrorists of proscribed terror outfit HM were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter, he said. He identified the slain ultras as Mohammad Ashraf Khan alias Ashraf Molvi/Mansoor-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rafiq Drangay, and Roshan Zameer Tantray alias Aqib. According to police records, all the three categorized killed terrorists were part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on police/security forces and civilian atrocities,” he said. Khan was the oldest surviving terrorist of Hizb and figured among the list of most wanted terrorists after recycling in the year 2013, He had a long history of terror crime cases which include attacks on police/SFs and civilian atrocities and was involved in several killings including of policemen and civilians. Besides, he was also well trained in fabricating and planting of IEDs as he had crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir  in 1999 to get illegal arms training and join terror folds.