Cop, jawan martyred, 2 terrorists held in encounter

Srinagar, Aug 12
A policeman was killed and five other security forces personnel were injured during an encounter with militants in the Batamaloo area here following which two ultras were arrested today, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Diyarwani in Batamaloo area of the city in the pre-dawn hours this morning following specific information about the presence of militants in the area, Additional Director General of Police (Security and Law and Order) Munir Khan told reporters.
He said while the house, where the militants were hiding, was zeroed in, the ultras opened firing upon the forces which was retaliated, ensuing an encounter.
“A group of five militants were there… They lobbed a grenade and opened firing and then escaped because of darkness. The area is very congested and forces exercised restraint so that there is no collateral damage as the houses there are roof to roof,” the ADGP said.
He said a selection grade constable, Parvaiz Ahmad, was killed and two policemen and three CRPF personnel received injuries in the initial indiscriminate firing by the militants.
“The security forces retaliated and it has been learnt that two militants have been injured, but they managed to flee. Two other militants were arrested and their questioning is on,” Khan said.
The ADGP said the arrested militants have revealed “many things” but which cannot be divulged right now as the operation would continue further.
Earlier, a police spokesman had said, “two accomplices of the terrorists have been detained”, while incriminating material was recovered from the site of encounter.
The spokesman said a massive search operation is underway in the area.
He said police have registered a case and investigation has been initiated in the matter.
Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony was held at DPL Srinagar where senior officers from civil administration, police and other security forces paid rich tributes to Ahmad, a resident of Dandote village in Rajouri district, the spokesman said.
“Senior civil and police officers paid rich tributes to the martyr and laid floral wreaths on the mortal remains for his supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty,” he said.
However, a jawan was killed as the Army today foiled an infiltration bid by militants in the Tangdhar sector, officials said.
In a separate incident, another soldier was killed in a blast in Uri sector last evening, they said.
An Army official said Sepoy Pushpendra Singh laid down his life while foiling an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar.
A wreath laying ceremony will be held for Sepoy Pushpendra Singh at the Badamibagh Army headquarters here tomorrow, the official said.
In another incident, a jawan — Kuldeep Singh Rawat of 4 Garhwal rifles, was killed in the Uri sector yesterday in a blast, a police official said.
It was not immediately clear as to how the blasts took place, he added.
Earlier, an official had said that Pushpendra Singh had also lost his life in a blast.