Three army jawans were killed and two others injured in an encounter with militants in Jammu-Kashmir’s Kulgam district, news agency ANI reported on Sunday. Four militants have been neutralised in the encounter after security forces, in a joint operation with police, conducted searches in Frisal.
Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI that security forces have achieved a “major success” by gunning down the four militants. “However, it is unfortunate that two soldiers were martyred and son of the house owner got caught in the cross-fire and succumbed to injuries,” he said.
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Martyrs of Kulgam (J&K) encounter: Lance Naik Bhandoriya Gopal Singh, from Ahmedabad and Sepoy Raghubeer Singh, from Chamoli(Uttarakhand) pic.twitter.com/3epS2bS5VI
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The forces launched a cordon and search operation in Frisal area of Kulgam district around 4.30 am following information about presence of a large number of militants in the area, a police official told PTI. He said as the security forces were closing in on the position of the militants, the ultras opened firing resulting in injuries to five soldiers.
Asked about the encounter, Minister of state Jitendra Singh told reporters in Delhi that terrorism on Indian soil is being sponsored by Islamabad. “There has been a series of evidences and it is now no longer a secret that the entire terrorism on Indian soil, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, is being promoted, perpetuated and sponsored by Islamabad,” he said.
The minister lauded the forces for working under difficult circumstances. “They (forces) are operating under most difficult circumstances and have beyond doubt proven themselves as one of the best forces in the world,” he said.
Out of the four militants, three have been identified as Mudasir Ahmed Tantray, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Azhar Ahmed Clashes between protesters and law enforcing agencies broke out soon after the encounter ended, the police official said, adding further details were awaited.
Earlier on February 4, the security forces shot dead two top Kashmiri militants while they were trying to enter politically sensitive Sopore town in Jammu and Kashmir’s north-western Baramulla district. Two police officials were injured in initial response from the duo during the encounter.
with inputs from ANI and PTI