Another gunfight in Budgam Village

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SRINAGAR: A fierce encounter  broke out between militants and government forces at Chadoora area in central Kashmir’s Budgama district on Wednesday evening.

Official sources said that acting on a tip off, a joint team of Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group (SOG) of police cordoned off Hushroo Village of Chadoora area.

As the joint team intensified the combing operations, the militants hiding inside the residential house of Nazir Ahmad Dar in the village opened fire upon forces, triggering a gun-battle, reports said.

A militant was reportedly injured during the initial gunfight which is still going on. Top LeT commander among two militants believed to be under trap, sources said.

Meanwhile, extra deployment of 35 RR and CRPF were rushed to the area to assist the joint team in carrying out the operation.

Fire tenders have been brought in the area, even as the operation has been suspended due to darkness, official sources said.

A defence spokesperson said that on the basis of specific intelligence input army’s 53 RR and police cordoned off the area at 4:15 pm today and around 4:30 militants holed inside a residential house opened heavy fire upon the joint team. “The fire was retaliated ensuing a fierce gunbattle.”

“The operation was suspended late in the evening due to darkness and will be resumed tomorrow”, he added.

Earlier in the day army and SOG launched series of search operations at Ichkote, Manpapi and its adjoining areas to nab the militants who managed to escape during a brief gunfight at Ichkote last evening.

Meanwhile, security forces have increased checking at different entry points to Srinagar City following the intelligence inputs about the roaming of militants in Srinagar city. “Probably some militants managed to sneak into this side and it is said that 2-3 militants made their way to Srinagar City,” official sources said.

Witnesses said that Police and paramilitary CRPF men were seen carrying out frisking of vehicles particularly LMVs in most parts of Srinagar following the reports that militants have entered city.

Witnesses said forces had erected barricades at vital junctions and the vehicles entering into Srinagar through different entrance points were also being thoroughly checked. “The additional deployment of forces and police was made at several places,” they said.

The beefing of security in Srinagar and its outskirt’s have come just a day after some militants broke the cordon yesterday at Ichkoote in Budgam. 

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