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J&K Police Cite ‘Evidence’ To Claim Killed Lawaypora Youths Were Terrorist Land Workers

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As questions revolve around the Lawaypora encounter, in which three youths were killed on Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir police said Friday that all angles were being investigated and reiterated that the youths killed were land workers (OGW) to terrorists.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon, police said the youths had a chance to surrender. “The Lawaypora Srinagar encounter started with inputs from the army and eventually came to fruition in a joint operation by the army, CRPF and the police. After the cordon was placed, the terrorists threw grenades from within and fired at the search party. Although according to (the) SOP, the terrorists were repeated (to) the soldiers to surrender at night and again in the morning. However, instead of surrendering, they fired on the troops and were eventually neutralized in a firefight. “

The police spokesman said that claims made by parents that Aijaz Maqbool Ganai had gone to the university to fill out a form on the day the encounter began were found to be false after verification and verification using modern techniques, including the study of the records stored by the telecommunications department.

Contrary to claims, verified digital evidence revealed and corroborated that Aijaz and Ather had gone to Hyderpora and from there only to the scene (encounter). Similarly, Zubair had gone first to Pulwama, then to Anantnag, then to Shopian to Pulwama and finally arrived at (the) event site. “

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The spokesperson said the background checks also reveal that Aijaz and Ather Mustaq, both OGW (ground workers) provided logistical support to the terrorists.

“The background and the checks also show that both had a radical inclination and had helped the terrorists of the group LeT (now called TRF). One of the OGWs, currently in police custody, has also corroborated Aijaz’s association with LeT terrorist Faisal Mustaq Baba, who was killed at the Meej (Pampore) meeting in June last year. Pertinently, Ather was a relative and OGW of HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) senior commander Rayees Kachroo, who was assassinated in 2017.

However, (the) police are investigating the case from every possible angle, ”the spokesperson said.

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