2 LeT militants gunned down, CRPF jawan martyred in Srinagar encounter

Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, who were holed up in a building near battalion headquarters of CRPF in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar, were killed on Tuesday in more than 27 hour-long encounter with security forces.

A CRPF jawan from Bihar Mujahid Khan was also martyred in the encounter and another was injured on Monday. Meanwhile, Director General of Police Dr SP Vaid in a tweet said “Two bodies of terrorists recovered so far with weapons. Well done boys by neutralising Terrorists without collateral damage”.

Asserting that the operation was conducted with precision in view of congested civilian population near the encounter site, a senior police officer said no collateral damage was done to any other building near the encounter site.

The CRPF constable, who attained martyrdom, has been identified as Mujahid Khan. The encounter ensued after CRPF alert sentry foiled a fidayeen attack on their camp early on Monday.

“In the wee hours of Monday alert sentry noticed two persons moving towards the CRPF camp of 23 battalion at Karan Nagar under suspicious circumstance. When the sentry challenged them, the suspects fled from the spot and the planned attack was foiled,” newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) SP Pani, flanked by IG CRPF Ravideep Sahi and other senior officials, told reports during a press conference.

Subsequently, he said there was a cordon and search operation launched by police and CRPF in the area. “They started searching the houses… while the search was going on fire came from an under-construction building at around 0930 hrs on Monday. The building was immediately cordoned off and operation against the militants was initiated,” he said.
However, he said in the initial exchange of fire one CRPF jawan was martyred while a policeman was injured. “The the operation ended in the afternoon after both the militants were killed,” he said.

Mr Pani said arms and ammunition has been recovered from the encounter site. “Initial investigation and examination of weapons suggest that the militants belong to LeT,” he said.
He also thanked people of the city for cooperating with security forces during the operation.


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