Press Release-Shopian

August 17: On 16th August, 2022 at about 11:00 A.M two terrorists shot and killed Sunil Kumar Bhat S/O Sri Ji Bhat and injured his cousin Pertimber Nath S/O Arjun Nath Bhat at his orchard in Chotigam, Shopian. Consequent upon above terrorist act, case FIR No. 153/2022 U/S302, IPC, 7/27, IA Act and 16, 20 ULA(P) Act was registered in P/S Shopian and investigation process was set into motion. During initial investigation, involvement of an active terrorist, Adil Ahmad Wani S/O Mohd Khalil Wani R/O Kutpora surfaced.

Meanwhile, an input was received by Police and SFs regarding presence of accused Adil Wani at his ancestral house at Kutpora. On this information police, 34 RR and 178 Bn CRPF launched a CASO in the area at wee hours on 17th August. During search, terrorist lobbed grenade on the search party which was retaliated by search party. However, terrorist escaped taking benefit of darkness. Later on, the security forces found a hideout in the house at rooftop where arms and ammunition (one AK rifle along with a magazine and one pistol was found in the hideout). Consequent, upon this terrorist act, a separate FIR No. 154/2022 U/S 307 IPC, 7/27 IA Act 16,18,19,20 ULA(P) Act was registered on 17th August, 2022. Three people were arrested in above case FIR for harbouring terrorists, namely 1) Arif Ahmad Wani 2) Shabir Ahmad Wani and 3) Touseef Ahmad Wani sons of Mohd Khalil Wani R/O Kutpora, Shopian and process for attachment of property as proceed of terrorism has been initiated U/s 25 of UAPA, Act 1967.

Further investigation of above cases is under process and SIT has been constituted.```