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3 LeT terrorists, including killer of Purana Krishna Bhat, eliminated in Kashmir’s Shopian

Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said on Tuesday.

“Among the three neutralised local terrorists, two identified as Lateef Lone of Shopian, involved in killing of a Kashmiri Pandit Purana Krishna Bhat; and Umer Nazir of Anantnag, involved in killing of Till Bahadur Thapa of Nepal. One AK-47 rifle and two pistols recovered,” the J&K Police quoting Additional Director General Police Kashmir zone Vijay Kumar said in a tweet.

The encounter started after a joint team of police and security forces received a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in that the Munjh Marg area. After the area was cordoned off, terrorists started firing drawing retaliation by the security forces.

Purana Krishna Bhat was shot and killed by Islamic terrorists outside his ancestral home in Chaudrigund village, Shopian on October 15. Terror organisation Kashmir Freedom Fighters (KFF) – a new proxy Pak-backed terror group like The Resistance Front (TRF) – claimed responsibility for his murder.

Bhat had shifted his wife and two children – son Shanu studying in Class 5 and daughter Shreya in Class 7 – to Jammu in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020. Before that, all of them were living in Shopian. He and his brother used to frequently visit their ancestral home to attend to their apple orchard, as the apple trade was the only source of money for providing for their family.

(With IANS inputs)

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