Baramulla Encounter: 1 LeT militant and SPO killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Baramulla Encounter: 1 LeT militant and SPO killed in Jammu and Kashmir: As per the police, a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant and a policeman were killed on Wednesday while a sub-inspector was injured in an encounter with ultras in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Exchange of fire between Security forces & terrorists in Baramulla. The area under cordon. Details will follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” said Kashmir Zone Police on Twitter on Tuesday night.

According to a police official,  on a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in Ganie-Hamam area. The encounter, which began on Tuesday, has ended today with the killing of a militant and a special police officer (SPO) of Jammu and Kashmir Police. The body of the militant was recovered around 6.30 a.m. on Wednesday.

He also said that the encounter is the first anti-militancy operation in Kashmir since August 5 when the Centre scrapped provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the state into two union territories viz. Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Baramulla update: Encounter is over. One terrorist killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Our colleague SPO Billal attained martyrdom. SI Amardeep Parihar injured in the incident is being treated at Army Hospital. @JmuKmrPolice” — confirmed Kashmir Zone Police in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

The official further added that the slain militant has been identified as Momin Gojri who is a resident of Baramulla.

The official said that Gojri was affiliated with the LeT outfit and was involved in several terror crime cases and further added that arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the gunfight.

He said the slain SPO has been identified as Billal Ahmad. Sub-inspector Amardeep Parihar was also injured in the exchange of fire and has been admitted to the Army’s 92 base hospital at Badami Bagh cantonment here.

The official said that the citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with the police until the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all explosive materials if any.