Lt Col injured in encounter with militants in J&K’s Kupwara district

Security forces had launched a search operation in Bhawan village in on Saturday night following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: November 23, 2015 3:49 am

A Lieutenant Colonel was wounded in a fierce gunfight between militants and Army in Kupwara’s Manigah forests. This is the third gun battle between soldiers and militants in Manigah since Army cordoned off the border village on November 14.

As the soldiers continued their search for the militants, who escaped after killing Colonel Santosh Mahadik in Manigah forests, they intercepted a group of militants on Sunday late afternoon resulting in a gunfight.

While the militants again managed to escape, a Lt Colonel was wounded in the gunfight. The injured Army officer has been identified as Lt Col K S Nath of the Territorial Army.

“One of our officers has been injured (in the gunfight)…The operation in the area continues,” defence spokesperson Colonel NN Joshi told The Indian Express.

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On November 14, Army and police launched an operation in the Manigah forests of Kupwara after inputs about presence of a group of militants there. As the Army were searching the forest area, they came under fire resulting in death of a soldier. While the Army sent reinforcements to the area and deployed elite para commando force for the operation, Colonel Mahadik was killed in another gunfight in the area.

The operation in the area has been on for more than a week now but militants have, so far, managed to give the Army a slip. Police sources said that the militant group, which is believed to have infiltrated into the Valley recently, is highly trained and heavily armed.

The fog in the upper reaches, police sources added, was also aiding the militants.

The Army is engaged in three massive cordon and search operations in different parts of north Kashmir.

While soldiers have cordoned off and launched a combing operation in the higher reaches of Chuntimulla forests of Bandipore from more than a month now, another group of soldiers is combing the Rajwar forests in Handwara.

On Saturday evening, militants escaped after engaging the soldiers in a gunfight in Bhawan village of Rajwar in Handwara.

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