Police Officer Shot Dead In Anantnag

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Srinagar: Suspected militants on Monday shot dead a police officer in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Around 6:30 pm Monday, Inspector Mohammad Ashraf Bhat was returning home after offering prayers at a mosque in Kanelwan area of the district when suspected militants opened fire upon him, a police official said. Bhat, who was critically injured in the attack, he said was removed to sub-district hospital Bijbehara, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Bhat was presently posted at Police Training Centre in Lethpora in Pulwama district.

Soon after the incident, the government forces reached the spot and launched a cordon and search operation to nab the attackers.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case and started further investigations in this regard.

A police spokesperson said that IGP Kashmir Shri Vijay Kumar led a wreath laying ceremony at the District Police Lines Anantnag to pay honour and respect to the slain police officer.

Encounter in Anantnag,  Shootout in Pulwama

An unidentified militant has been killed in the ongoing encounter that broke out in Melhora area of south Kashmir’s district on Monday, police said.

State forces launched a cordon and search operation in Melhora area of Shopian after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire at a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

In the ongoing exchange of fire, one unidentified militant has been killed so far, the official said.

According to the official sources, the search operation has been suspended in the area due to darkness. They said that a strict vigil is being kept and the cordon has been further intensified to prevent any holed-up militants to escape from the dragnet of the state forces.

Meanwhile, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personal was injured after militants on Monday morning fired upon the Joint team of state forces near Gangoo area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A senior police officer said that militants fired upon joint party of state forces in Gangoo leaving a CRPF man injured. He said that the injured paramilitary personal was immediately shifted to nearby hospital for treatment.

Soon after attack, the area was cordoned off to nab the attackers.

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