Police in a statement tonight said that it is further informed that the two killed militants have been identified as Showkat Ahmad Sheikh resident of Harmain Shopian and Yasir Ahmad Shah resident of Arhama Shopian.
According to the police records, both the killed militants were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM and were wanted by law for their complicity in several terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.
Showkat Ahmad Sheikh was involved in abduction and brutal killing of three police officials Nisar Ahmad Dhobi, Firdous Ahmad Kucchay and Kulwant Singh all residents of Shopian last year in 2018. As per police records, he was also involved in attacks on PS Shopian in 2018 in which one police official Saqib Mohi-ud-Din attained martyrdom. He was wanted by law for his involvement in several rifle snatching incidents reported across South Kashmir. He was also involved in conspiring and executing many terror attacks in the area. Several terror crime cases were registered against him.
This group was also responsible for the brutal killing of lady police official Khusboo Jan recently in Shopian
Arms & ammunition including AK 47 rifles were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror cases.
Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.