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Police officer, soldier, 3 Jaish militants killed in Kulgam gunfight

Srinagar, Feb 24: Three militants, a Deputy Superintendent of J&K Police (Operations) and an army man were killed and three soldiers including a Major were injured in a fierce encounter at Turigam area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday afternoon.

Quoting a police official, news agency Global News Service said DSP Operations Aman Thakur received critical bullet wounds in his skull during the encounter and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.

 

An army officer of Major rank along with three other soldiers also sustained bullet wounds and were hospitalized. One among the injured soldiers of Hawaldar rank later succumbed to injuries in a military hospital here, the report quoted the official saying.

He said that all the three holed up militants were later killed and their bodies were also retrieved from the site.

“The militants were affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit”.

The report added that among the three slain militants, two are believed to be locals and the third one is said to be a foreigner.

The residential house where the militants were hiding belonged to one Sonaullah Mir. It was razed to rubble.

Earlier, a joint team of army’s 34 RR, CRPF and SOG launched cordon and search operation in Turigam village.

The cordon was laid in the area following credible inputs about the presence of some JeM militants in the area, the report said.

Meanwhile, as soon as the encounter began, youth took to streets and clashed with forces. The forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and live ammunition to disperse the protesters resulting in injuries to several persons.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

GNS reported that at least three youths suffered bullet injuries in forces action.

The injured, as per GNS, were identified as Adil Ahmad son of Javaid Ahmad of Tarigam, Kulgam, who received a bullet injury in his right arm, Sheikh Nadeem of Dessan Yaripora, who received a bullet in his right hand and Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh, who was hit with a bullet in his shoulder.

Adil was brought to SMHS hospital while as Nadeem and Mudasir were referred to SKIMS Soura from Kulgam hospital.

Two others who sustained pellet injuries in the forces action were shifted to District Hospital Kulgam for treatment.

In wake of the gunfight, authorities snapped the internet services in the district. (With inputs from GNS)

Governor expresses grief: Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of Dy S.P Aman Thakur, killed in an encounter at Turigam area of Kulgam district.

Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and expressed sympathy and solidarity with family members of Thakur. He has wished speedy recovery to the security personnel injured during the encounter.