Two Militants Killed In South Kashmir Encounters

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Srinagar- Two militants were killed in separate encounters with government forces in the twin districts of Kulgam and Pulwama in South Kashmir, police said Saturday.

A joint team of police, army’s 9RR and the CRPF launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Khandipora area of Kulgam district on Friday night on the basis of specific information about the presence of a militant in the area, a police spokesperson said Saturday.

He said that the hiding militant opened indiscriminate fire upon the search team when they started advances towards the suspected spot. The joint party, he said, returned the fire setting off an encounter.

“However in order to evacuate the civilians trapped around the encounter site, the joint team ensured the evacuation of all civilians to safer places,” he added.

In the ensuing encounter, the spokesperson said that Rasiq Ahmed Ganie, a categorized Hizb militant of Shouch village was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.

As per police records, he said, Ganie was involved in several crime cases including attacks on police/security forces and “civilian atrocities”.

The spokesperson also claimed recovery of incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 303 rifle along with 23 rounds, Pistol along with 31 rounds, 1 hand grenade from the

“All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. In this regard, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at the encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.

Meanwhile, an unidentified militant was killed in a separate encounter in neighbouring Pulwama district, police said.

“One terrorist killed. Operation is underway. Further details shall follow,” the Kashmir Zone Police tweeted quoting Vijay Kumar IGP, Kashmir.

The encounter broke out in Drabgam area of the district on Saturday evening after a search operation launched by a joint team of police and army in the village.

According to reports, a few militants are believed to be trapped in the village that has been placed under siege by the government forces.

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