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‘2 LeT militants surrender before security forces in Kulgam’

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Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants on Tuesday surrendered before security forces in Kulgam district of south Kashmir during a cordon and search operation, officials said.

A senior police officer said that on a specific information about the presence of militants, joint team of forces including 34 RR, CRPF and police launched cordon and search operation in Tongdouno area of the district.

He said that as the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon forces, triggering off an encounter.

“After finding out that both the holed up militants are locals, their families were brought to the spot who persuaded them to surrender,” the official said.

After their surrender, both the militants who were identified as Yawar Ahmad Wagay, son of Aijaz Ahmad Wagay of Reban Shopian, who was missing since 24 September this year, and Amir Ahmad Mir, son of Bashir Ahmad Mir, resident of Hattipora Yaripora Kulgam, who was missing since October 06, this year, were arrested, the official said.

The official said that two pistols besides other incriminating material were recovered from the duo.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar has congratulated the joint team of police and forces for showing patience and exhibiting professionalism, which resulted in saving the life of “two misguided youth”.

The IGP stated that the “local misguided youth are always welcomed to return to the mainstream”.

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