Lawaypora encounter: youth killed in encounter were militants; says IGP Kashmir

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Srinagar: Reiterating the three local youth killed in Lawaypora encounter with security forces were terrorists, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar here on Monday said that the police will soon convince their parents about it with “concrete evidence.”

Talking to media persons on the occasion  of road safety  week function here, he said the police have “collected 60 per cent evidence’’ and in the next days, “we will collect more evidence including the technical one’’ and “then will first convince the parents of slain trio that their sons were involved in militancy and were providing logistic support to militants’’.

Referring to the demand of family members for handing them the bodies of slain militants, he said  the bodies of slain militants aren’t being handed over to families in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. “If we hand over the bodies, people will assemble for funeral and break the COVID protocol endangering the lives of people. The bodies of slain militants are being buried in the presence of their family members,’’ he added.

He said that of late youth are being lured into militancy as over ground workers (OGWs) as they are being provided with pistols and grenades. “Yesterday, we arrested a youth from Anantnag, along with a pistol and grenade who was tasked to kill someone. We are at it and will counter the trend through human tracking and this is our top priority,” he said.