Kashmir: Top LeT terrorist Saleem Parrey killed in Srinagar encounter

Aasif Suhaf, Srinagar: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Saleem Parrey has been killed in the Shalimar area on the outskirts of Srinagar, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police had earlier said that two terrorists including Saleem Parrey and one of his non-local associates had been neutralized. However, the police later informed that only one terrorist has been killed in the shootout.

Locals from the Shalimar area of Srinagar told the media that they heard a volley of shots that created panic in the area.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have confirmed that the deceased terrorist was Saleem Parrey from the banned Pakistan-backed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Saleem Parrey was a wanted terrorist who was from Hajin Bandipora. He was involved in multiple incidents related to terrorism.

Earlier on Sunday, the Indian Army had killed a Pakistani militant trying to infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir. Reporting the incident, the Indian Army also accused Pakistan of violating the ceasefire at the LoC.

The killed terrorist was identified as a Pakistani national named Mohd Shabbir Malik. He was equipped with weapons, ammunition and warlike stores, the Indian Army informed.

Major General Abhijeet S Pendharkar, GOC 28 Division, during a discussion with reporters in Kupwara, said, “The ceasefire agreement between the two armies across the LoC has been violated. On January 1, an attempt was made to infiltrate from Pakistan in Keran sector of Kupwara district. Soldiers stationed there killed the militant, who was later identified as Mohammad Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national.”

“It clearly establishes that Pakistan continues to sponsor cross-border terrorism. The Pakistani military has been told to retrieve the body of the slain man,” he added.

According to the Indian Army, the incident site is located on the Pakistani side of the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System and has been kept under surveillance by the Indian Army to effectively counter any nefarious activity by the infiltrators or Pakistan Army.

Briefing about the incident, Pendharkar said, “In a complete breach of the Ceasefire Understanding arrived at between the DGMO’s, one-armed intruder dressed in Pathani suit and the black jacket was detected moving from areas under the control of Pakistan Army across the Line of Control at around 1500 hours on Jan 1.”

“Ambushes were laid along likely routes that could be adopted by the intruder and movement was followed till 1600 hours. The ambush was sprung at the opportune moment and the infiltrator was eliminated,” he added.

The Indian Army further informed that the body of the slain terrorist was recovered along with one AK 47 and a large quantity of ammunition including seven grenades.

The search of the belongings of the eliminated terrorist revealed Pakistani National identity card and vaccination certificates (issued by Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Government of Pakistan) identifying him as Mohd Shabir Malik.

“This clearly establishes that Pakistan continues to sponsor cross border terror. A hotline communication has been made to Pakistan Army asking them to take back the body of the killed individual,” Pendharkar said.

According to the Indian Army official, bat teams of the Pakistan Army are a mix of regular Pakistani soldiers and terrorists, known for their attacks on Indian troops on the border. Pakistan has always denied these allegations.

A search of the victim’s belongings also revealed a picture of an intruder wearing Pakistan Army uniform with a tab identifying him as Shabbir.

first published:Jan. 3, 2022, 4:59 p.m.

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