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Published On: Sun, Feb 24th, 2019

DSP , Soldier Dead, 2 Injured In Jammu And Kashmir Encounter

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2015_6$largeimg222_Jun_2015_193641447KULGAM (J&K): A senior police officer and an armyman lost their lives and two soldiers including a Major were injured in an five-hour encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district today. Three terrorists have been killed, police said. The encounter comes amid high tension in the Kashmir Valley following the terror strike on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama and security forces are facing the brunt of the mob anger.
Nearly 1000 people are near the encounter site, pelting stones at the security forces. The mop-up operations are on but so far, the body of only one terrorist has been recovered.The heavy stone pelting, usually meant to hamper the operations and help holed-up terrorists escape, started soon after the encounter began.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Aman Kumar Thakur, who was killed in the encounter, was leading the police team from the front. The 2011-batch officer from the Jammu and Kashmir Police Services was posted in Kulgam for the last two years and had been heading the counter terrorism wing of the state police in the area.The encounter started around 3 pm when the security forces, tipped off about the presence of terrorists in the Turigam area, started a cordon and search operation.  JK Killing
Turigam lies in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, 68 km from Srinagar, about 50 from the site where the February 14 terror attack took place. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack, the worst-ever in Kashmir.
Four days ago, in another encounter in Pulwama, two terrorists were killed. One of them was Kamran, a key conspirator in the terror strike, sources said. Kamran was a Pakistani and a key aide of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Pakistan-based chief Masood Azhar. The other man killed, Hilal Ahmed, was a local bomb specialist.index

The suicide bomber in the attack on the 78-vehicle convoy was Adil Ahmed Dar, a 19-year-old local, who was affiliated to the Jaish. It is not yet known how much help he had locally.The situation has been tense across the state, especially the Kashmir Valley, since the attack. There has been a considerable build-up of security forces across Jammu and Kashmir since.
Over the weekend, around 10,000 soldiers from various paramilitary forces have converged in the state amid a major crackdown on separatists.The government has pulled out security for all separatist leaders in Kashmir since the attack. Till yesterday, 130 people, among them several separatist leaders from the Jamaat-e-Islami – considered the political wing of the Hizbul Mujahideen – and Hurriyat Conference, have been arrested.

Meanwhile, Opposition National Conference today demanded a judicial probe into the death of a civilian near the encounter site in Kulgam district of Kashmir. NC legislators Abdul Majeed Larmi, Altaf Ahmed Kaloo and Bashir Ahmed Veeri protested over the civilian killing in Kulgam in front of the Chief Minister during the District Development Board Meeting for Anantnag District, a party spokesman said.
“The NC legislators, while condemning the tragic loss of a young life in Kulgam, demanded that a judicial probe be announced to ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of young Asif Ahmed,” he said. He said the NC legislators also condemned the alleged harassment of civilians in the area saying such an approach would result in further alienation of the people.(With Agency Inputs ).

 

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