The meeting took place in the village of Wandakpora, when the police, the 55 RR of the army and the 130 battalion of the CRPF launched a joint operation, following a denunciation concerning the presence of militants in the area. Police said the militants opened fire on the search party, prompting an encounter.
Police officials said Koka from the Kaigam region was killed during the encounter with Ishfaq Ahmad Lone, a “militant hybrid” who was allegedly involved in attacks against armed forces and civilians. Police say they seized weapons and ammunition, including an American-made M-4 Carbine rifle, a pistol and other incriminating items at the meeting site.
“Kaiser Koka has been active since 2018,” said Vijay Kumar, additional police chief in Kashmir. According to police, Koka had infiltrated to Pakistan and after acquiring arms, ammunition and training, he infiltrated Kashmir and was active in several areas of Pulwama district. “Koka was involved in an IED attack on the village of Larmoo in Awantipora in May in which two CRPF members were injured,” police said.
The armed forces have killed around 122 militants in at least 71 clashes in the Kashmir valley so far this year. This includes 33 foreigners, mostly from Pakistan.
After the new series of targeted killings in May and the first two weeks of June, the armed forces intensified anti-militancy operations and engaged in consecutive clashes throughout the valley. Dozens of young people, suspected of being clandestine workers of militants, were interrogated, detained and arrested by the forces.