Two militants were killed on Sunday in an encounter with security forces in J&K’s Handwara that lasted for nearly 72 hours. A CRPF jawan also succumbed to his injuries after being shot in the hip. He was identified as Shyam Narayan Singh Yadav, a resident of Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.
Bodies of the two militants have been recovered from the site of the encounter, J&K Police said. Their identities and affiliations are being ascertained, they added. Police also recovered arms and ammunition from the spot.
The encounter entered the third day today after a cordon and search operation in Babagund area of Kralgund at Handwara led to the exchange of gunfire. On late Thursday night, four security personnel, including a CRPF officer, were killed.
Kashmir IGP SP Pani, speaking to media persons on Saturday, cited operational difficulties over the long-drawn-out encounter.
Pani said, “During the operation, bullets are fired from both sides. the place where the operation is going on has civilian population as well, so we have to evacuate them. We have done the evacuation. The area is congested. Keeping in view the operational difficulties, the right action is being taken.”
During clashes in the area, one civilian had succumbed to bullet injuries on Friday.