Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said they were investigating the role of Rayees Ahmad who was killed along with two militants in a gunfight in Fateh Kadal area of Srinagar on Wednesday.

“The complicity of Rayees Ahmad who was part of the group in providing shelter and logistics to the militants is being investigated,” said a police spokesman.

Giving details of the operation, he said a cordon and search operation was laid by JKP and CRPF personnel on a specific input regarding the presence of militants in Syed Ali Akbar area of Fateh Kadal.

During cordon and search operation, civilians were evacuated, he said. While search operation was going on at (the) target location, militants opened indiscriminate fire from the inside, said the spokesman.

In the ensuing gunfight, constable Kamal Kishore of JKP was killed while two JKP and CRPF personnel also received injuries.

“During the encounter, all the two militants and their active accomplice refused to come out of the house and in turn fired upon the search party. Consequently, they were killed in the encounter. The eliminated militants and the active accomplice have been identified as Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo, Faid Mushtaq Waza and Rayees Ahmad,” he said.

Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo @Asif @Piya son of Sona-ul-Lah Bangroo resident of Narparistan Fateh Kadal had a long history of criminal records pertaining to militancy-related activities. “He was involved in case FIR No. 146/2002 U/S 7/25 I. A. Act P/S M.R. Gunj, FIR No. 32/2007 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 I.A. Act P/S M.R. Gunj, FIR No 27/2016 U/S 302 RPC, 7/27 IA Act of PS Zadibal related to killing of two police personnel at Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan near Zadibal, FIR No 69/2016 U/S 302, 392 RPC 7/27 IA Act. of PS Batamaloo  pertaining to killing of one police personnel and snatching  of his weapon at Tengpora Batamaloo.”

Faid Mushtaq Waza son of Mushtaq Ahmad Waza resident of Akilmir Khanyar was also involved in several militancy-related incidents. “Many cases were registered against him including FIR No. 45/2016 U/S 148, 149, 336, 332, 427 RPC, FIR No. 28/2017 U/S 147, 148, 149, 336, 152, 353 RPC at Police Station Khanyar,” said the spokesman.

“The complicity of Rayees Ahmad who was part of the group in providing shelter and logistics to the militants is being investigated.”

“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation has been initiated.”