3 Jaish militants shot dead
A deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir police and three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were killed in an encounter in Tarigam area of the state’s Kulgam district on Sunday, The Hindustan Times reports.
The 34 Rashtirya Rifles of the Army, the CRPF and the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police had launched a cordon-and-search operation following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.
Militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated, triggering a gun-battle. DySP Aman Thakur and three Jaish militants were killed in the gunfight, police said.
Two Army personnel including a major were injured, according to army sources. Three to four militants are believed to be trapped inside a house.
There were reports that crowds had gathered at the encounter site and were pelting stones at the forces.
Aman was a 2011 batch KPS officer who was leading the operation. He had been heading the counter terrorism wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kulgam district for the last one and a half years and had played an instrumental role in killing terrorists in the area, a police spokesman said.
A resident of Gogla in Doda district of the state, Aman is survived by his parents, wife Sarla Devi and 6-year-old son Arya.
On February 18, in a major operation against Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM) leadership in south Kashmir, three top militants, including two Pakistanis, were killed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama which also led to the killing of four army personnel, one of them a major, and a policeman. South Kashmir deputy inspector general of Police Amit Kumar and a brigadier from Rashtriya Rifles were wounded in the encounter.
The JeM militants were killed within 100 hours of a deadly car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel and a local JeM militant, who was the driver of the car, were killed on February 14.
On February 22, two militants of JeM were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla in north Kashmir.
This year, 34 militants have been killed in various encounters with security forces across Kashmir while seven army personnel and three policemen have lost their lives in the state. Four civilians have also died in various violent incidents since the beginning of 2019.