An encounter between militants and security forces is currently underway in Padgampora, Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Two militants have been neutralised in the on-going encounter, news agency ANI reported on Thursday. One of them has been identified as Mohammed Shafi Shergujari, an LeT operative. A 15-year-old boy was also killed during clashes between the security personnel and villagers who assembled near the site of encounter.
Troops of 130 battalion CRPF, 55 Rashtirya Rifles and SOG Pulwama are involved in the operation. Security forces have not confirmed or denied the presence of more militants. Authorities have suspend train services from Banihal to Srinagar as one of the railway stations is near the Pulwama encounter site.
India Today reports that there was a small clash between the security forces and the locals as the militant killed was a local youth. There are also unconfirmed reports that a second person is inside the house and he, too, is a local.
According to reports, three to four militants are hiding in a house which the security forces have now surrounded. The location is close to the Srinagar – Jammu national highway.
More details are awaited.