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SRINAGAR:In a significant breakthrough, concerted efforts of the security forces resulted in the elimination of the prime accused involved in the yesterday’s abduction and killing of Constable Mohammad Saleem Shah of JKP at Kulgam.

A joint patrol of security forces in the wee hours of morning today launched searches at Redwani area in District Kulgam after it received credible inputs about the presence of the militants in a cluster of houses.

As the security forces advanced, hiding militants fired resulting in a brief encounter in which three militants were killed, a police spokesman t: in a press Statement.

No collateral damage occurred during the encounter, statement added.

On the basis of the incriminating materials seized, the killed militants were identified as Muawiya, a foreigner of Pakistani origin, Suhail Ahmad Dar of Redwani Balaa and Mudassar @ Rehaan of Katarsoo, Kulgam .

The trio were involved in the killing of Constable Mohammad Saleem Shah.

As per police records the militants were affiliated with the proscribed militant outfit LeT and HM.
Mauwiya’s involvement was established in a number of civilian killings.

Suhail who was working as a laborer earlier after he had dropped out from school had later joined a militant outfit.

Police probe is on for ascertaining complicity of the other co-conspirators who assisted in the commission of the gruesome crime leading to the death of police person Saleem, police said.

Some arms and ammunition including but not limited to 2AK 47 rifles and a carbine have also been recovered from the site of encounter.

Police has registered a case and investigation has been initiated into the matter, the police statement added.