IPS officer’s brother likely among 3 slain militants in J&K’s Shopian

Three militants, including the brother of an Indian Police Services (IPS) officer, were killed in a fierce gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Tuesday.

An official said three militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the encounter site at Shopian’s Heff-Shirmal area. “However, the identification process of the slain militants has been initiated,” said the police. 

Earlier, the operation was jointly carried out by the Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles, PARA commandos and the police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) following the inputs about the presence of a group of militants, including the brother of an IPS officer, in the area.

“One soldier was also injured in the gunfight,” said an official.

Preliminary reports suggest at least four militants were trapped in an orchard, where the security forces managed to blast the hideout. However, only three bodies have been spotted near the encounter site so far, said an official.

Police sources suggested that Shamsul Haq Mengnoo, whose elder brother Inamul Haq is an IPS officer and posted in the North-East, may be among the dead. 

Mengnoo was pursuing Bachelors of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) degree from a government college in Zakura campus and joined militancy last year. The family hailed from Dragad in Shopian.

Former Director General of Police S.P. Vaid described Menghoo’s death as “a sad end”.

Meanwhile, mobile internet has been suspended “as a precautionary measure” in the district.

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