Police releases video clips of surrender offer

Srinagar, Jan 04: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday released two video clips on their official Twitter handle in which army troopers can be heard making surrender offers at the Srinagar encounter site.In multiple tweets, police stated that militants were given the opportunity for surrender “but they refused”. “On 29/12/20 evening after the cordon at #Hokersar, troops are repeatedly appealing the trapped (militants) to come out and surrender with assurances that they will not be harmed,” (sic), Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.In a 26-second video clip, the army makes an offer of surrender: “You are given a chance to surrender. “Leave weapons and come out. We assure you that you will not be harmed. Hands up and come out,” it said.“At Hokersar on 30-12-2020 in the morning hours, troops are once again appealing the trapped militants to come out in the ground and surrender before them,” (sic) police tweeted from its official handle.In another 26-second video clip, army personnel can be heard saying: “Do you want to surrender? In case you want to surrender, then remove your clothes and come out in frontal ground.”Following the encounter on Dec 30, Police claimed that a background check revealed that slain Aijaz Lone and Ather Mushtaq were OGWs and had provided logistic support to militants.“Past history and verifications revealed that both were radically inclined and had aided militants of the Lashkar outfit,” police said.“While Athar Mushtaq was relative and OGW of Hizb’s top commander Rayees Kachroo killed 2017,” police claimed.On Friday, Police stated that digital evidence had been verified including records of the telecom department that Zubair Ahmad Lone, one of the trio had gone first to Pulwama.“From there, he went to Anantnag, Shopian and then to Pulwama and finally came to a place of occurrence,’ it said.“Both Aijaz Maqbool Ganai and Athar Wani had gone to Hyderpora and then moved to the incident spot,” the police spokesman said.

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