Jaish operative: Sajjad Bhat owner of car used in Pulwama attack, killed in an encounter

On Tuesday, an Army soldier was killed in a cross firing with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. In that encounter, there were also two of the Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives were gunned down. Out of these two Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives, one of them has been identified as Sajjad Bhat, who was the owner of the vehicle that was used in the Pulwama terror attack held on February 14 in where total of 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Tawseef Ahmed Bhat, who is also connected to the Pulwama attack, was an additional militant who was killed on Tuesday. On February 14 at least 40 soldiers were killed in the deadliest terror attack in three decades of Kashmir’s insurgency when a SUV loaded with more than 200 kg explosive knock against one of the CRPF bus in which CRPF jawans were travelling in. The incident was took place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Sajjad Bhat of Bijbehara was the owner of the same Maruti Eeco, which was loaded with 25kg of explosives and was used in the Pulwama terror attack.

All the investigators of the NIA had said Bhat, was a student of a madrasa in Shopian and had been missing a few days before the attack.

On Tuesday, the gunfire in Marahom village of Anantnag district took place after the joint force had started a barricade and search operation after receiving the intelligence inputs regarding the presence of militants in the area previously in the day.

The militants then fired at the security personnel where they killed a soldier and also injured two others. The army said that from the encounter site weapons as well as warlike stores have been found. The injured have been immediately shifted to a hospital for further detailed treatment.

The army and additional forces have stepped up security across the valley, particularly in the militant source of south Kashmir, after the CPRF troopers were killed in the Pulwama strike, which carried India and Pakistan to the edge of war.

The moves comprised of changes to procedures for how troops are moved in these regions, with mass movements and recurrent usage of the similar stretch or at anticipated timings being identified as susceptibilities.

On Monday too, Major Ketan Sharma from the 44 Rashtriya Rifles was killed as well as Major Rahul Verma was injured for the duration of a shootout that also left a militant dead in south Kashmir’s Anantnag.

So far, Indian security forces have killed 113 militants this year that also comprised of some top commanders of militant outfits in various parts of Kashmir.

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