Srinagar: The police have issued a statement on Hyderpora gunfight, which is being reproduced in verbatim.
On a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of terrorists in an illegal call centre rented for business in a private building in Hyderpora area of Srinagar, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 2RR & CRPF in the said area.
In order to show the suspect call centre in the building, owner of the building namely Altaf Ahmad as well as the tenant namely Mudasir Ahmad were also called to accompany the search party. As the search party approached towards a room in top floor of the building, the hiding terrorists started firing indiscriminately towards the party which was retaliated. However, in the initial exchange of fire, both the individuals accompanying search party received critical gunshot injuries and succumbed to their injuries. In the ensuing encounter, both the terrorists hiding in the room were eliminated and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.
The killed terrorists have been identified as Haider @Bilal Bhai (a foreign Pakistani terrorist) and his associate Amir Ahmad resident of Banihal (a hybrid terrorist) who was working earlier as an OGW of LeT Commander.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the killed Mudasir Ahmad was running an illegal call centre in the said building rented for business and was working as a terrorist associate.
Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 02 pistols, 03 magazines, 06 mobile phones, 01 call centre (06 cabins along with 06 computers, 06 CPUs working network, VOIP enabled) various virtual numbers of foreign numbers, dairies with alpha, beta, gamma codes, 01 US map, cabins and other equipments were recovered from the site of the encounter. Besides, a hideout of terrorists with warm clothes, snow boots, kitchen equipments, food packets, TV and other necessary equipments like drug bottles, cigarette packets and 04 mobile phones were also recovered.
The recoveries and other digital evidences indicated that a fake call centre was established to provide logistic support to the active terrorists.
Investigations also revealed that the killed foreign terrorist Haider was involved in the recent brief shoot out at Jamalatta area of Srinagar and terrorist associate Mudasir Ahmad facilitated his escape from said spot to this rented location in an Alto-800 car.
Keeping in view the law and order scenario, all the dead bodies of the killed terrorists, associate and building owner have been sent to Handwara for burial purposes after completion of all medico-legal formalities. Police have registered case under relevant sections of law and further investigation from all the angles have been initiated.