Police says Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district becomes ‘militancy free’ after Hizbul Commander killed in encounter

With the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Masood in an encounter in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, the Doda district has become militancy free, police said on Monday.

“With today’s operation at Khull Chohar by Anantnag Police along with 19 RR,CRPF in which 2 LET terrorists including one district commander and one HM commander Masood were neutralised, Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free once again,” Jammu and Kashmir Police tweeted.

“Masood was last surviving terrorist of Doda. He was involved in a rape case of Doda police and was absconding ever since. He later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir,” Police added.

Arms and ammunition, including an AK 47 rifle and two pistols were recovered from the site of encounter.

“Three terrorists eliminated in the ensuing gunfight. One AK and two Pistols recovered. Joint Operation in progress,” Army said.

Security forces launched a search operation following inputs about the presence of terrorists in Khulchohar area.

The operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists fired upon the security forces, who retaliated, triggering an encounter.