Shootout on Srinagar-Baramulla highway: Two militants, CRPF man killed
Srinagar, Feb 5:
Two militants were killed while another one was caught alive after they shot
dead a paramilitary trooper in a brief gunfight on Srinagar-Baramulla highway
in city outskirts on Wednesday.
about the encounter, Additional Director General CRPF Zulfikar Hassan in a
joint press conference with DGP Dilbagh Singh and IGP Vijay Kumar, said a
special checkpoint was established at Lawaypora in Srinagar outskirts after
“intelligence input by the Jammu and Kashmir Police about possible militant
“At around 11 am
near the checkpoint, our 73 battalion was attacked by scooter-borne three
militants who were on way from Baramulla to Srinagar. They were stopped for not
wearing helmet and their age profile warranted for their frisking,” he said.
“When they were
asked to stop, one of the pillion riders got down and immediately took out a
pistol and fired at the CRPF personnel at the checkpoint,” Hassan added.
A CRPF constable
Rajeev Ranjan was hit in the head and later succumbed to his injuries.
“The joint naka
by CRPF and J&K Police retaliated and two militants were killed. The third
militant who also opened fire got injured and was shifted to hospital,” he
militants were identified as Zia-Ur-Rehman, a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant from
Budgam, and Khatib of Hizbul Mujahideen from Bijbehara, Anantnag.
Omar Fayaz of
Srinagar, who police identified as ISJK militant, was caught alive during the
Hassan said they
recovered a pistol and grenade from the slain militants. “It was a gallant act
by CRPF and J&K police and these personnel will be appropriately rewarded,”
of Police, Dilbagh Singh said the operation was a part of an alert generated by
the Jammu and Kashmir police.
intended to carry out a major attack. One of the militants’ pistol was cocked
and he immediately opened fire when intercepted by the police,” he said.
DGP said the
police will further interrogate the injured militant after he recovers.
profile says that he can’t live with just one pistol. One of their associates
is being treated and we may get some clues for more recoveries after his
interrogation,” he said.
of Police Vijay Kumar said many cases of “terror activities” have been
registered against the slain militants.
belonged to LeT and was a categorised militant. He was involved in many
militancy related activities and police has registered several FIRs against
him. All three militants from three different had coordinated to launch some
attack on forces,” he said.