Police and Security Forces in the wee hours today launched a search operation at Gazi Gund Dooru in District Anantnag. During the searches, encounter started off between security forces and militants. In the ensuing encounter a local militant identified as Asif Malik who was operating as commander of a proscribed militancy outfit LeT was eliminated. He was involved in several attacks on security forces including the killing of CRPF men  at Achabal this year and in many other cases of civilian atrocities. One security force Jawan identified as Happy Singh of 19 RR also attained martyrdom in the encounter.

Incriminating material including arms and ammunition  was  recovered from the site of encounter.

In another encounter at Budgam which started today morning at Panzan area of Chadoora in district Budgam, Security Forces neutralized two militants identified as Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat resident of Kralwari Chadoora and Irfan Ahmad Dar resident of Kakapora Pulwama affiliated with proscribed militancy outfit HM. Irfan Ahmad Dar was working as SPO and had deserted a couple of months ago.

Pertinently, the militants fired on a search party from a nearby mosque and subsequently  area was taken into cordon. The local Auqaf Committee was engaged to convince the militants to come out. Security forces also appealed  the militants to come out  However, the militants turned down the offer and consequently the operation had to be carried out in a deliberate manner keeping intact the sanctity of the mosque. In this operation, one security forces’ jawan also sustained bullet injuries and was evacuated to hospital for medical treatment.

In another incident at Noor Bagh in Srinagar city, Security Forces acting on a credible input cordoned a cluster of houses where the hiding militants fired indiscriminately resulting in death of an individual identified as Saleem Malik son of Mohammad Yaqoob Malik.

Police has initiated investigation in all the cases.

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