Two Army personnel dead and one injured in encounter

In an encounter on Thursday morning, two army personnel lost their life. A major and a jawan were killed in the firing by the militants in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. 

According to a report by the Indian Express, another jawan who sustained injuries during the encounter was taken to Army’s 92 base hospital in a critical condition. 

The operation started after the Army got a tip off regarding the presence of militants in the village of south Kashmir. The cordon and search operation was started in the night. According to a statement issued in Srinagar, the militant outfit, Hizbul-Mujahideen has taken the responsibility of the firing in Shopian, reported The Hindu.

The two martyred and an injured Army personnel are identified as Major Kailash Pandey, Spoy Tanjin Chhutin and Sepoy Kripal Singh. 

Earlier this week, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana (26), who was a Pakistani National and his local partner, Arif Ahmad Dar (17), were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir. They were believed to be behind different attacks in the valley. 

SOURCES: TOI, INDIAN EXPRESS

IMAGE SOURCE: PTI

LET Chief killed in Pulwama encounter

Abu Dujana, a 27 year old Laskar-e-Taiba commander was slewed in a combat with security forces and militants on Tuesday. He was shot in Hakripora village, Pulwama district of Kashmir.

The Hindustan Times reported that he is a native of Gilgit-Baltistan locality, situated in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. He has been the militant of foreign origin who had the most prolonged living period. He also had been awarded 15 Lakhs, as prize money for the 12 militant attacks. The internet services of the region have been disconnected as a defensive directive. “He has been in the forefront for many attacks in the region and the most wanted militant,” informed SP Vaid, the Director General of Police.

CNN-News 18 stated that the operation began as early as 4:30 am, Tuesday morning. The firing between the two groups sustained till 9:30 am. Dujana and his aide, Arif were killed after security forces set their house on fire. Dujana is listed as a terrorist in the A++ category. He killed eight CRPF personnel in Pampore and two policemen in Anantnag this June.

Intelligence agencies were alerted when Dujana was in the district to meet his wife. He attended the funeral of Burhan Wani, the then Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen.  Abu Ismail, his close associate, has been named as his successor.

News Source: Hindustan Times, CNN News18

Image Source: PTI

Two militant and Policeman killed at Tarla in PoK

Two militants and a policeman were killed in south Kashmir’s Tral on Sunday admist the heavy firing that started Saturday evening and proceeded overnight. Four army personnel has also been injured in the encounter.

As reported by Hindustan times, one of the militant killed in the encounter was a Pakistani and the other was local. “The local militant was Aqib Maulvi, a nearby top leader,” Chief general of the state police SP Vaid said.

The killed cop has been recognized as Manzoor Ahmed Naik. He was a local of Salamabad zone of Uri.  Vaid, while expressing his grief said that Manzoor Ahmed was a remarkable Jawan of the SOG (uncommon operations aggregate) and the J-K police. Police has also stated that they are dubious of the involvement of commander of Hizb ul Mujahideen Sabzar Ahmed Bhat. The security work force of the cordon and pursuit party went under shooting from the house where the militants were caught.

As soon as the news of clash broke out unrest prevailed in the valley. Stone pelting dissents had started in the territory to chase away the security from the site. On Saturday night, a joint search party of police and army had started asearch operation in Hafoo area of slain militant Burhan Wani’s hometown, Tral, in Pulwama district on specific inputs of presence of militants in the area.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Economic Times

Image Source: Hindustan Times

Operation in Kashmir called off, militants escape.

The Jammu & Kashmir’s Special Operation Group (SOG) alongside with the Indian army called off an overnight operation against the militants in Chilli Pora village of Shopian district on March 4. No casualties were reported after the encounter was over.

The operation was started in the evening on March 3 after the officials received an information that two to three militants had been hiding in the village. The militants were ambushed by the SOG forces and security forces from 55 Rashtriya Rifles. The operation resulted in the crossfire when the militants fired at the force.

On March 4, around 9 AM the faces entered the house and did not find anyone. After searching for an hour more, the operation was called off.  The Deccan Chronicle reported that the forces entered the area once they stopped receiving the response to the firing by the security forces. A police official said, “Apparently, the militants escaped during the night time.”

The Jammu & Kashmir police also launched a parallel operation to evacuate the civilians in the area. The locals reported that the forces used drone cameras to locate the position of the militants in the village and the flood lights were installed to keep a check on the militant’s activities.

SOURCES-

  1. DECCAN CHRONICLE- http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/040317/encounter-in-kashmirs-shopian-ends-terrorists-escape.html

2. INDIAN EXPRESS- http://indianexpress.com/article/india/kashmir-army-jk-police-launch-joint-operation-against-militants-in-chilli-pora-shopian-4553612/

IMAGE SOURCE- ANI

3 soldiers dead in J&K encounter

Three soldiers lost their lives and 15 security personnel got injured after an encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. An unidentified terrorist was also killed in the gunbattle.

According to the reports, the injured soldiers have been airlifted to an army hospital in Srinagar and it is being said that the condition of some soldiers is critical.

The police and the Army had launched a joint search operation on Tuesday morning following a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in a residential house. After the terrorists fired upon them, an encounter was triggered and in the initial shootout, five jawans and four policemen were injured.

After resorting to heavy firing, the terrorists tried to break the cordon. But they were trapped and one terrorist was killed in the encounter, reports NDTV.

Prior to this on Saturday, February 11, two jawans lost their lives in a 10-hour long encounter between terrorists and security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Frisal village. Two civilians were also killed during and after the encounter.

News Sources: NDTV, Financial Express

Image Source: DNA

Terrorist Flee Encounter Spot in J&K – One Civilian Dead

Kulgam, J&K: An encounter between Indian security forces and terrorists broke out at the Kulgam district in Jammu & Kashmir. The firing began on December 1, and continued into the early hours of Saturday, December 3. The gunbattle ended with the terrorists fleeing from the spot. This attack is the second one within three days to occur in the outskirts of Jammu.

The security forces, along with the Army, have launched a counter-insurgency program within the Chancer area of Kulgam, after receiving intelligence about the presence of terrorists in the area. According to the Hindustan Times, a civilian was killed on the night of December 1 due to gunshot wounds, having been caught in the crossfire. The victim, Asadullah Khan, was a government employee who worked in the fisheries department.

This news comes just three days after there were reports of a terrorist attack at an army base in Nagrota, just at the outskirts of Jammu. The attack led to the death of five jawans and two officers. On the same day, the Border Security Force, along with the IB, gunned down three terrorists near the Samba district.

Due to the increased attacks across the border, the Jammu-Srinagar highway is said to be on high alert.

 

Sources: Hindustan Times, Financial Express