Doda has become totally “terrorist-free” district after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Masood was neutralised in an encounter, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said. Three terrorists, including a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, were killed on Monday morning in an overnight encounter at the Runipora Khulchohar area in the Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
The top police official said, “With today’s operation at the Khulchohar Ranipora area in Anantnag by the J&K Police along with the Rashtriya Rifle unit and the CRPF, three terrorists were neutralised. The slain militants include two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, including one district commander, and another terrorist commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, identified as one Masood, who belonged to Doda.”
The official added, “Doda district in the Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free once again as Masood was the last surviving terrorist here.”
The J-K DGP said that Masood who hails from Doda district was involved in a rape case registered by Doda police and was absconding ever since.”He later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir,” he said.