Doda is militancy free after Hizbul militant killed in encounter, says police

Militant Masood was involved in a rape case in the district

PTI10-04-2020_000238B Jammu: Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers wearing masks, in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, patrol along the international border on the outskirts of Jammu, Friday, April 10, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI10-04-2020_000238B)

Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir has become "militancy free" as the last of the surviving militants in the area was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district on Monday.

"With today's operation at Khull Chohar in Anantnag by Anantnag Police along with 19 RR, CRPF in which two LET terrorists including one district commander and one Hizbul Mujahideen commander Masood were neutralised, Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free once again as Masood was last surviving terrorist of Doda," a police spokesman said.

The spokesman said Masood, a resident of Doda, was involved in a rape case in the district, and was absconding ever since.

"He later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir," the spokesman added.