Resisting the attempt made by the militants to snatch his weapon, the guard managed to foil the bid. The security forces have launched a search operation to nab the militants.
The police and Army launched a cordon-and-search operation at Amargarh after some militants were spotted in the area and claimed to have killed three militants after searches continued through the night.
This was the fourth encounter in south Kashmir in the past three days in which five militants, including Lashkar chief Abu Dujana, two civilians and two Army personnel, including a Major, were killed.
Hizbul chief asked non-Muslims in Kashmir to live without fear the way they have been living for centuries. “I appeal to my people that they should not let their non-Muslims neighbours feel that their love and amity for them has lessened.”
Officials said the Army and the police had information about the presence of three militants in the area and a cordon-and-search operation was launched at 2 am. As the cordon was being laid, the militants fired on the patrol and fled under the cover of darkness.
Mehbooba Mufti and her deputy Nirmal Singh, joined Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. J S Sandhu and officials from civil and police administration, to pay rich tributes to Major Pandey and Sepoy Tanzin Chhultim, in a solemn ceremony at Badamibagh cantonment here, an Army official said.
According to the MHA, 15 civilian deaths were reported last year; this year until July 19 civilians have been killed, besides 38 security personnel.
Abu Dujana encounter in Pulwama: The operation has been called off even as the bodies of the slain militants have been recovered, the official said. Abu Dujana, who is a hard core militant, was wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers primarily in south Kashmir.
Pulwama encounter: Two terrorists including Abu Dujana were killed. One civilian also died. The identity of the other terrorist killed in the encounter is yet not confirmed by officials, however, he is suspected to be a local LeT cadre, Arif Nabi Dar.
An economic expert in Srinagar said that the unrest since the middle of 2016 appears to have had a bigger impact as it followed the 2014 floods, which made a severe dent on the state’s economy.
Following the encounter, protesters clashed with the security forces in which six people were injured. A police official said the security personnel lobbed tear gas shells and fired a few shots in the air to restore law and order in the area.
Mehbooba Mufti said that the implementation of the “agenda of alliance” has not been conducive. “… I would not blame the BJP leadership alone. The circumstances did not give us enough time to work on those things.”
On Sunday, one terrorist was dead in operations as security forces foiled another infiltration bid in Machil Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
The over ground workers (OGWs) of the LeT who provided logistical support before the attack have been identified by the police, he told reporters.
The Supreme Court also refused to entertain a plea seeking the trial of separatist leader Yasin Malik for alleged offences against the Kashmiri Pandits during that period.