Security forces on Tuesday killed a terrorist in an ongoing gunbattle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said.
An Indian Army soldier and a Jammu and Kashmir police personnel were also injured in the encounter in Goosu village of the district.
A police official said security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Goosu following inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened firing towards security forces positions.
A joint security operation by the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) 183 Battalion, army’s Rashtriya Rifles unit and the Jammu and Kashmir Police began at around 5:30 am. A soldier and a policeman were injured during the gunfire.
“#Encounter has started at #Goosu area of #Pulwama. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” a tweet by the Kashmir Zone Police read at around 6 am. The security operation is still on.
The security forces cordoned off the village late last night, based on intelligence information about a group of terrorists hiding in a house.
When the security forces launched an operation and were carrying out a door-to-door operation, the group opened fire. A policeman and a jawan were injured, but the jawan succumbed to injuries. The policeman is also reportedly critical and has been rushed to a nearby hospital.
Police sources said that there are three terrorists trapped in the area and they belong, most likely to the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
This is the latest in a series of operations the Jammu and Kashmir police and other security agencies have undertaken in the recent past. Joint operations by security forces have resulted in neutralising 122 dreaded terrorists in the Kashmir valley this year.
Last month, the security forces eliminated over 22 terrorists. The success of the operation also enabled the security agencies to announce that Doda district of the newly-formed union territory is now ‘terrorist-free’.
Security personnel had launched a search operation for Zahid Dass ever since he managed to escape on 26 June. A CRPF jawan also lost his life in the line of duty during the Srinagar encounter.
Forty-eight terrorists were killed last month in separate encounters.
Last month, J&K police chief Dilbag Singh said that more than 100 terrorists have been killed this year. “During the last five-and-a-half months, over 100 terrorists have been neutralised, out of them 50 plus were from the Hizbul Mujahideen, around 20 from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, 20 from the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the rest from smaller outfits like Al-Badr, Ansar Gazwatul Hind,” Singh said.