In a statement, Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Friday condemned the assault and the seizure of cameras of photojournalists. Two militants were also killed in the Awantipora encounter today which was being covered by the scribes, police said.
Shabir Ahmad Dar and Mohammad Salman Khan, residents of Pulwama and Shopian districts respectively, were killed less than 24 hours after they abandoned their posts. J&K police said after deserting, the SPOs had become the members of JeM and were killed in an encounter.
Shopian encounter: According to a police official, following specific information about the presence of militants in Dragad Sugan area of south Kashmir, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation.
The family of the civilian, Rayees Ahmad, killed during the pre-dawn encounter, alleged that the Army and Special Operation Group of the J&K Police took Rayees and his brother Younis as human shields to conduct searches in the area — an allegation denied by the police and Army.
Three unidentified militants were Friday killed in the encounter, following which clashes broke out between protestors and law enforcing personnel near the site of the gunfight after some people hurled stones at the security forces engaged in the anti-militancy operation, according to officials.
Both militants were affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Toiba and were involved in several attacks on security establishments and “civilian atrocities” in the area, said the police. Police have registered a case and investigation is on.