Three terrorists and a soldier were killed on Tuesday in the south Kashmir terrorist encounters.
Police said that a joint search operation was launched by a joint team of Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and counter-insurgency police in Redwani village of Kulgam district in the wee hours on Tuesday following input on the presence of terrorists.
While the security personnel zeroed in on a suspected house, the hiding terrorists opened fire triggering an encounter.
During the exchange of fire, two local cadre of banned Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) outfit were killed. They were identified as Ajaz Ahmad Makroo and Waris Ahmad Malik, both local residents.
Police said Makroo as had a long history of crime records since 2017. “He (Makroo) was a close associate of terrorist commanders including Naveed Jatt and Azad Dada. Several cases were registered against him,” police said.
Police said that an Army soldier, identified as Prakash Yadav and two CRPF personnel identified— sub-inspector Amit Kumar and Constable Avnish– sustained injuries. Yadav succumbed to his injuries in hospital later. This is second fatal casualty on army’s side since last three days.
On Monday, Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, a former counterinsurgent turned army soldier, who was twice awarded Sena Medal for his role in fighting terrorism in Kashmir, was killed in an encounter in Batagund village of Shopian district.
In another encounter in Hafoo Reshipora area of Tral sub-district in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a terrorist identified as Shakir Hassan Dar was killed. He was close aide of Zakir Musa, the self-proclaimed leader of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, an al-Qaeda affiliate.
Police said a search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in the wee hours following the inputs about the presence of terrorists in the village.
“As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the gunmen. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist was killed,” police said.
“Shakir was part of Zakir Musa group and had a long history of crime records since 2015,” police said adding that huge quantity of arms and ammunition including rifles was recovered from the encounter sites.
Writer: Khursheed Wani
Courtesy: The Pioneer