Encounters ensue in South Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam area where an encounter between security forces and militants is underway

Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam area where an encounter between security forces and militants is underway

The gunfights erupted in Kulgam and Pulwama districts, south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The forces cordoned a section of Tral after reports of the presence of militants, following which the encounter ensued.

"The militants fired upon a joint party of police, army and paramilitary troopers who were deployed at a crossing to check the movement of vehicles". However, one of them, succumbed to his injuries. The operation has not been called off yet, Pani said. In a second encounter on Tuesday, security forces launched a search operation in the forests of Laam-Tral area in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, after detecting suspicious militant movement in the region.

The slain militant was identified as Mudasir Badroo, a resident of Yaripora in Kulgam.

A police officer said a militant hideout has been unearthed, while the search operation in the area is still in progress.

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The operation was going on when last reports came in.

A spokesperson of the Kashmir police said, "The police, army and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) are on the job".

Officials said the militants could be foreigners. However, there was no response from militants.

Security forces also retaliated, ensuing an encounter, sources said, adding that all exit points were sealed. According to a police spokesperson, "The operation turned into an encounter".

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