Speaking about counter-terrorism operations, Lieutenant General A K Bhatt, the corps commander of the Army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps, told news agencies: "Excellent synergy has developed between the police, Army, CRFP, and the troops on ground." He added that the security forces had been "looking for the terrorists who killed Lt Ummer Fayaz" and that "today (Sunday) we neutralised them". Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) S P Pani said this was an extremely wonderful work done by Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with the Army and CRPF. "We have tried to keep life smooth in other parts of the Valley but if any miscreant attempts to disrupt the peace, they will be dealt sternly," he said. Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid said that this was one of the biggest counter-offensives in recent times against terrorist groups operating in the Kashmir Valley.
Here are the top 10 developments in the Jammu and Kashmir encounters that killed 13 militants:
1) Forces kill 13 militants in Kashmir in major operation:
Security forces gunned down 13 militants, including those responsible for the brutal killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, in three counter-insurgency operations, which also claimed the lives of three Army jawans and four civilians in the Anantnag and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The operations, which rendered a severe blow to terrorist groups in the Kashmir Valley, were launched on Saturday night and continued until late Sunday afternoon.
2) Eleven of the 13 militants killed were Kashmiris:
Of the 13 who were gunned down, 11 have been identified so far and all of them are locals, according to officials. One of the 13 was killed in Dialgam of South Kashmir's Anantnag district, seven in Draggad, and five in the Kachdooru area of Shopian district. Additionally, one militant was arrested from Dialgam. Among those neutralised were Ishfaq Thokar, Ehtehmad Hussian and Aquib Iqbal who were responsible for many terrorist-related activities in the Shopian area.
3) Militants responsible for brutal killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz neutralised:
Lt Gen A K Bhatt, the commander of the Army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said that two terrorists responsible for killing Lt Umar Fayaz when he was visiting his family on a holiday had been eliminated. Fayaz, posted in the Rajputana Rifles in Akhnoor, was abducted and killed by militants in May last year when he had gone to attend a family wedding, and his body was found the next day.
Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid identified the killers of Lt Fayaz as Ahmad Malik and Rayees Thokar, both of whom were among the militants killed in Draggad.
4) J&K police tried to persuade terrorists to surrender: Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid said
that at Dialgam, a senior superintendent of the police had made a special effort to persuade the terrorists to surrender. He even summoned the family members of the two terrorists in a bid to persuade them to give themselves up. "Instead of surrendering, one of the holed up terrorists opened fire and the security forces had no option but to kill him. The other one we caught alive. Operations are carried out most professionally by the security forces," added Vaid.
Encounter concluded. 2 more terrorist bodies recovered from Shopian encounter site. In all 13 terrorists neutralised, 3 soldiers martyred and 1 terrorist caught alive. It’s unfortunate that stone pelting around encounter site cost 4 civilian deaths: SP Vaid, DGP, J&K (File pic) pic.twitter.com/nmthqdCYWE
— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2018
5) Names of the Army martyrs:
The Army personnel who lost their lives in the Anantnag and Shopian counter-terrorism encounters are Gunner Arvinder Kumar, Gunner Nilesh Singh, and Sepoy Hetram.
Photos of Army personnel Gunner Arvinder Kumar, Gunner Nilesh Singh & Sepoy Hetram who lost their lives in Anantnag & Shopian encounters today. #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/j5kNsX24hC
— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2018
6) Restrictions imposed in Srinagar today:
In the wake of the killing of the 13 militants, authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar on Monday to maintain law and order, police said. In the restricted areas of Srinagar, heavy contingents of the police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed.
Meanwhile, public transport, markets, and other businesses remained shut in the Valley. Further, all educational institutions were closed on Monday, while exams scheduled for the day have been postponed.
Train services between north Kashmir's Baramulla town and Bannihal town have also been suspended. Mobile internet services have remained suspended since Sunday in South Kashmir areas, while the speed of fixed-line broadband connections has also been brought down to prevent uploading of provocative posts and pictures.
He said that the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Mailk, has asked people to suspend business and other activities and offer funeral prayers in absentia across the Valley.
9) Mehbooba Mufti condoles deaths; Omar Abdullah questions her absence:
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who was in the national
capital, expressed grief over the death of civilians during the security operations in the Anantnag and Shopian districts. She also sympathised with those injured during these operations. The chief minister also paid tributes to the three Army jawans who were killed during these operations.
Conference working President Omar Abdullah, while condoling the death of civilians, questioned the chief minister's absence from the state. "So while all this was unfolding the Chief Minister didn't see (it) fit to cut short her Delhi trip. What was so important to have kept her there?" Omar tweeted.
So while all this was unfolding the Chief Minister didn’t see fit to cut short her Delhi trip. What was so important to have kept her there? https://t.co/TpI08NN3v0
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 1, 2018