Anantnag: Terrorist involved in the assassination of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead along with five others belonging to banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in an encounter with security forces in Sekipora area of Bijbehara in Anantnag district on Friday.
Giving details of the encounter, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said that Azad Malik of the LeT was involved in Bukhari’s killing. “The six terrorists neutralised in Anantnag encounter have been identified as Azad Malik, Unais Shafi, Shahid Bashir, Basit Ishtiyaq, Aqib Najar and Firdous Najar. Terrorist Azad Malik was wanted in Journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s murder too,” read a statement from the police. Bukhari was shot dead by terrorists in Press Colony in Srinagar on June 14.
In a joint operation of the Indian Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles, 116 battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force and the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the terrorists were killed in the wee hours today. Incriminating materials, including a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of encounter. Five AK and one INSAS rifle have been recovered.
Police have registered a case and further investigation is underway.
In June, the Jammu and Kashmir Police revealed that Bukhari’s murder conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan and it was carried out by LeT.