Pulwama encounter: Hizbul militant involved in jawan Aurangzeb’s death last June among three killed

KASHMIR : Three militants affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama on Saturday. The militants were identified as Showkat Dar of Panzgam Awantipora, Irfan War of Wadoora Payeen Sopore and Muzaffar Sheikh of Tahab Pulwama.

Showkat Dar was part of the group that abducted and killed Army jawan Aurangzeb last June, the police said, adding that he was involved in the planning and execution of several other attacks in the area.

“Dar was part of a group involved in the killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb in 2018. He was also involved in the killing of policeman Aqib Ahmad Wagay last year. Several terror crime cases were registered against him,” a police spokesperson said.

Aurangzeb’s death had led to outrage across the country. He was conferred the Shaurya Chakra posthumously on Independence Day last year. In February, Aurangzeb’s father had joined the BJP in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Vijaypur, Jammu.