SRINAGAR: A militant of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed and an army man injured in an encounter at South Kashmir’s Shopian district while three cops including an officer were injured in an IED blast in restive Tral town.
Meanwhile, J&K Director General of Police K Rajendra said 250-300 militants are active in the State and continuing infiltration along the border is a cause of concern and can "change the whole game".
A police official said police, paramilitary and army men launched a combing and search operation in Dobjan village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district this morning following inputs about the presence of militants there.
He said the militants fired on the search party. “The fire was returned by the troops, triggering an encounter. In the ensuing firefight, a Hizb militant Waseem Ahmad Khanday was killed and an army man injured”.
Sources said three militants managed to escape from the cordon during the course of gunfight.
They said Khanday had joined Hizb about a month ago after snatching a rifle from the residence of Communist party leader Abdul Rehman Tukroo in Shopian district.
A local militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba had yesterday surrendered before security forces after his hide-out was encircled by the troops. The militant was given a chance to surrender by security forces, who also took his father to the spot so that he could motivate his son to surrender. Later, the militant surrendered and laid down his weapons.
Meanwhile, three policemen including a Sub Inspector (SI) were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by militants at Chandrigam area of Tral town in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district last evening. The injured were hospitalized.
Meanwhile, J&K Director General of Police, K Rajendra, said the continuing infiltration along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) is a cause of concern. “It can change the whole game".
He said at present, 250-300 militants are active in the State.
“Given the present situation, we need to have a roadmap for next two to three months," the police chief said.