Gun­fights erupt in south Kash­mir hours af­ter two mil­i­tants killed in north

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Se­cu­rity forces were fight­ing mil­i­tants in south Kash­mir’s Pul­wama and Kul­gam districts since early Tues­day, of­fi­cials said, hours af­ter two mil­i­tants were killed in an en­counter in north Kash­mir’s Hand­wara.

Po­lice of­fi­cials said that the gun bat­tle be­gan in Laan Tral of Pul­wama af­ter se­cu­rity forces reached the area fol­low­ing a tip-off about the pres­ence of mil­i­tants.

“The po­lice, army and CRPF (Cen­tral Reserve Po­lice Force) are on the job,” said a po­lice spokesper­son. Se­cu­rity forces launched a cor­don and search op­er­a­tion in Now­bug Kund area of Kul­gam.

“The op­er­a­tion turned into an en­counter. The po­lice, army’s Rashtriya Ri­fles and CRPF are at the spot,” the spokesper­son added.

The gun­fights come just hours af­ter two lo­cal mil­i­tants were killed when they at­tacked a po­lice check­point in north Kash­mir’s Hand­wara on Mon­day night.

An army sol­dier and three mil­i­tants were killed in an en­counter in south Kash­mir’s Pul­wama district on Novem­ber 6, a day when Cen­tre’s in­ter­locu­tor, Di­nesh­war Sharma, ar­rived in the restive state to ini­ti­ate the di­a­logue process.

Sharma, a for­mer chief of the In­tel­li­gence Bureau who was tasked by the Union gov­ern­ment to ini­ti­ate talks in Kash­mir over the three-decade-old in­sur­gency, met over 80 del­e­ga­tions on his three-day visit to Kash­mir from Novem­ber 6. How­ever, Hur­riyat lead­ers did not meet him nor did he visit any sep­a­ratist leader.

Photo: PTI

Army per­son­nel stand guard dur­ing a gun bat­tle with mil­i­tants, who launched a pre-dawn at­tack on a district po­lice com­plex in which three se­cu­rity per­son­nel were mar­tyred, in Pul­wama of South Kash­mir.

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