January 22: Police in there second statement regarding Haptnar encounter said that Apropos our earlier press release regarding the encounter at Hapatnaar District Budgam, it is further informed that the killed militants have been identified as Sabzar Ahmad son of Ali Mohammad Mir resident of Lassipora Pulwama, Syed Rabani son of Mohammad Hussain resident of Nazneenpora Shopian and Towseef Ahmad Itoo son of Abdul Aziz resident of Nowpora Payeen Pulwama.
The killed militants were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Al-Badar and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities. Several terror crime cases were registered against them for their involvement in terror crime offences.
Incriminating material including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation.
Bodies of the killed militants were handed over to their families after completion of medico-legal formalities.
Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.`