Srinagar: In yet another successful operation, the Jammu and Kashmir security forces neutralised two terrorists in the Srinagar encounter. As per the official statement, one of the killed terrorists identified as Rayees Ahmad Bhat was from the Pakistan-backed terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) from whom a press card has been recovered. While the second terrorist has been identified as Hilal Ah Rah of Bijbehara from whom a student identity card has been recovered.
An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Rainawari area of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital around midnight following a cordon and search operation in the old city, a police official said.
He said two terrorists were killed in the brief gun battle.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar said one of the terrorists was carrying a ‘press card’.
Rayees Ahmad Bhat was running an online news portal ‘ValleyNews Service’ in Anantnag. He was placed under the ‘C’ category in the list of security forces.
#SrinagarEncounterUpdate: Killed terrorist (Rayees Ah Bhat) was earlier a journalist &was running online news portal 'ValleyNews Service' in Anantnag. Joined terrorist ranks in 8/2021 &was categorised 'C' in our list. 02 FIRs are already registered against him for terror crimes. https://t.co/60J86npozf
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) March 30, 2022
“One of the killed categorised local #terrorists of proscribed #terror outfit LeT was carrying Identity Card (ID) of media. It indicates a clear case of misuse of media,” Mr Kumar tweeted.
According to the card, Rayees Ahmad Bhat, the killed terrorist, was editor in chief of Valley Media Service, an unknown news gathering agency.