J-K: Five security men, 5 militants killed in Kupwara gunfight

The encounter broke out in Arampora area of the district yesterday, after security forces launched an operation in the wake of militants opening firing on an Army patrol party.

Published: 21st March 2018 12:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2018 09:08 PM   |  A+A-

File Photo of Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir. | PTI File Photo

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: Three army men and two policemen and five militants were killed in the ongoing encounter in forest area of border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir S P Pani told New Indian Express that the gunfight between militants and security forces continued for second day in the forest area of Halmatpura in border district of Kupwara today.

The gunfight started on Tuesday afternoon after militants fired on the joint party of police and army men, who were conducting combing and search operation in the forest area after receiving inputs about presence of militants there.

Pani said two policemen were killed and a Special Police Officer injured in the gunfight today.

He said two militants were also killed today while three died in the gunfight yesterday.

He said the combing operation in the area was going on.

The deceased policemen were identified as Mohammad  Yousuf Cheche of Kachama, Kupwara and Deepak Thesoo of Nagrota, Jammu.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said three soldiers were also killed in the two-day long gunfight.

WATCH VIDEO:

Two of the deceased army men were identified as sepoy Ashraf Rather of 160 TA and Naik Ranjeet Kholka of 5 Bihar .

Police sources said the slain militants were foreigners and belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba.

They said it is suspected that the militants were part of a freshly infiltrated group.

Sources said it was being ascertained whether the group comprised five militants only or more militants are present in the area.

Additional troops including para commandos have been rushed to the area to tighten the siege and help the security men present in the area in conducting the searches.

The helicopters were also hovering over the area in the day to maintain aerial surveillance over the area.

A police official said owing  to thick vegetation and low  visibility , security forces are mopping the area with due caution to avoid casualties in the militant firing.

In view of less snowfall in the Valley this year, army has increased vigil along the LoC to foil the infiltration attempt of militants.

Army officials apprehend rise in infiltration attempts in coming days in view of less snowfall in the upper reaches.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has paid tributes to four security personnel including two policemen and two army men killed in Kupwara gunfight today.

She expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

 

 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp