In Jammu and Kashmir, 5 Army men, 2 ultras killed in 4 gunfights in 12 hours

Militants may have infiltrated recently from LoC

Updated - October 11, 2021 09:56 pm IST

Published - October 11, 2021 08:53 am IST - Srinagar

Security personnels cordon off an area during an anti-miltancy operation in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. File photo

Security personnels cordon off an area during an anti-miltancy operation in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. File photo

Five Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), and two militants were killed in four encounters that raged between security forces and hiding militants in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir within 12 hours on Monday.

A massive combing operation was launched in the Pir Panjal valley’s Surankote-Shahadra belt on Sunday night but the search party came under heavy fire on Monday morning from the hiding militants, who may have infiltrated recently from the Line of Control in Poonch district.

“Based on intelligence inputs, the Army on Monday launched a cordon and search operation in villages close to DKG [Dera Ki Gali] in Surankote area of Poonch. In the ensuing firefight, one JCO and four jawans suffered critical injuries. They were evacuated to a nearest medical facility but died of their injuries,” Jammu-based Army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said.

The deceased soldiers were identified as Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh, Naik Mandeep Singh, Sepoy Gajjan Singh, all from Punjab; Sepoy Saraj Singh from Uttar Pradesh; and Sepoy Vaisakh H from Kerala.

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“After the initial encounter, the terrorists fled to nearby Bhangai village, which falls in Rajouri district, and the encounter is still in progress,” the Army said.

Three to four heavily armed militants were suspected to be hiding in the tough terrain with a dense forest cover. The Army has not confirmed any casualty to the militants so far.

Two militants killed

In the Kashmir valley, security forces killed two ultras, including a The Resistance Front (TRF) militant behind a civilian killing last week, in two separate operations.

TRF militant Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar was killed in Gund Jahangeer village of Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora.

“The slain militant was involved in the recent civilian killing at Shahgund,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said.

Muhammad Shafi Lone alias Sonu, a driver by profession, was among five civilians killed in the Valley last week.

However, Dar’s family alleged that he was picked up when he was harvesting the rice crop in the fields and “killed in a staged encounter”. “Dar is innocent. He was at home when the civilian was killed earlier last week and was working in the fields when he was picked up by the security forces,” the family members stated.

The Bandipora police, however, refuted the family’s claims.

In another operation in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, an unidentified militant was killed in the Khagund area.

“On specific information, when the police went to pick up an over ground worker, the militant opened fire, and an encounter followed,” the police said.

The fourth encounter broke out in south Kashmir’s Shopian, where a group of militants is believed to be hiding in a residential colony.

“The encounter started at Tulran, Imamsahab area of Shopian. The police and security forces are on the job,” a police spokesman said.

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