Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Trooper killed, civilian injured in J&K gunfight

CRPF jawan killed, civilian injured in Pulwama encounter Pulwama encounter: Police version
Emmett Howard | 12 May, 2018, 23:45

Just 10 days after J D Mandeep Kumar returned to Kashmir to join his 182 Battalion of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) after a week-long holiday, he was killed during an encounter with the militants in Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday.

Reports said that the gunfight began around midnight after a joint team of 55 RR, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir and 182 Bn CRPF cordoned off Chinar bagh, Mohalla Takya in Barpora. Bashir Ahmad, the owner of the house where the militants were hiding, was hit by a bullet in his shoulder and was shifted to hospital, police said. The terrorists, taking advantage of the darkness, fled from the spot, he said adding the operation was called off early this morning.

Two houses were also damaged during the gunfight and owner of one of the houses Bashir Ahmad suffered injuries in his shoulder and as per officials the injury is of minor nature and was hospitalised.

In the Pulwama gunfight, which had been going on since midnight came to an end with the killing of a CRPF personnel.

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The terrorists reportedly took advantage of the darkness in the area and managed to escape. "There was the possibility of collateral damage as such we had to call off the operation".

It said a group of four to six militants are hiding inside a house in the village which has been marked off.

A policeman was killed by terrorists during a weapon snatching bid in Budgam district on Friday. The encounter started after the security forces launched a joint operation at Bargam village last night.

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