One militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Bandipore on Thursday, the Army said. The incident triggered protests, with locals questioning the encounter.
A joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off a village in Aragam on Wednesday night after receiving a “specific tip-off about the presence of militants”.
While the villagers said they heard firing during the night, the Army and police lifted the siege in the morning, saying that one militant was killed.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir, Uttam Chand confirmed to The Indian Express, “One militant has been killed.”
A police officer said they were yet to identify the militant.
Later in the day, the villagers took to the streets in protest. “We have doubts about the encounter,” said one of the protesters. “We want them to hand over the body of the militant they killed. We have apprehensions of a fake encounter.”
The police fired tear gas shells and pellets to disperse the protesters. Nine people were injured.
When contacted, DIG Chand said he did not know about the protests. “They (villagers) can raise any question,” he added.
Infiltration bids foiled
The Army foiled two infiltration bids along the Line of Control by militants trying to sneak into the Valley from PoK. “Even as counter-infiltration operations continue in Uri and Nowgam sectors, two more infiltration bids have been successfully foiled by the army at two different places in Nowgam sector,” an army spokesman said.