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