Srinagar, March 19: Hizbul Mujahideen’s divisional commander for Central Kashmir and son of Ashraf Sehrai Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman- Junaid Sehrai killed in Nawakaldal encounter on Tuesday.
Director General of J&K police Dilbagh Singh Tuesday said this during a press conference here.
He identified the other slain militant as Tariq Ahmed Sheikh from Pulwama district of South Kashmir.
According to the news agency KNS, DGP informed that the operation that started last night at Nawa Kadal area ended today afternoon with the killing of Junaid Sehrai and his associate.
On being asked what were the two slain militants doing in Srinagar, he said, ” they were tasked to lure youth into militancy and throw grenades. Tariq was active in Pulwama and Shopian districts.”
Calling the Nawa Kadal operation a clean one, DGP said only one residential house caught fire which was controlled immediately. “The first thing we did in the morning was to evacuate the inmates. In that process, two forces personnel—one from CRPF and another from J&KP’s SoG were injured. In the final assault on the Militants, the remaining militant hurled a grenade in which two CRPF men sustained injured but all the injured are stable,” he said.
Regarding the number of Militants active in Srinagar, the DGP said it number of 14 in central Kashmir and it keeps on floating.
” We have less number of Militants active in Srinagar this year than last year. Not more than 240 militants are active in Kashmir,” he said,.
He added that 73 militants were killed this year so far and 95 militants and their associates were arrested
Sehrai was an Management Graduate from University of Kashmir and is from Hyderpora area of Srinagar. His father originally hails from Kuwpara district and is living in Hyderpora area of Srinagar. (KNS)