Jammu and Kashmir: Terrorist killed in Sopore encounter, operation underway
Baramulla : An unidentified terrorist was gunned down by security forces after an encounter on Tuesday in Tulibal area of Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Police said that the operation is still on.
A police spokesman said the security forces launched a cordon and search operation after receiving information about the presence of militants in Tulibal village of Sopore area of Baramulla district. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists opened fire on the security forces, which was retaliated strongly.
Meanwhile, another encounter took place at Tujjan in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a police spokesperson said, adding that further details are awaited. Earlier on Monday, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that seven terrorists, including three Pakistanis, were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Valley.
IGP Kashmir told ANI, “An encounter started in Kupwara on Sunday. Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists of Pakistan were killed yesterday only. Another Pakistani terrorist was gunned down this morning. Shaukat, a local terrorist from Shopian, was gunned down along with him.”
“In Pulwama, a local Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was killed. In Kulgam, a local Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist and a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist were killed. A total of seven terrorists have been killed so far. Three were Pakistanis and four were local terrorists. Encounters took place in Kupwara and Pulwama. Search is on in Kulgam.
According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, an encounter took place between terrorists and security forces in Chatpora area of Pulwama and DH Pora area of Kulgam on Sunday. Meanwhile, Kupwara Police launched a joint anti-terrorist operation with Army’s 28RR on the disclosure of an arrested terrorist Shaukat Ahmed Sheikh.
Security forces are on alert as there have been incidents of targeted killings in Kashmir and sections of the minority community threatened to prepare for a mass exodus if the government did not move them.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, had urged people not to allow the social fabric to break and said the election process was likely to begin in the coming months.
Rajnath Singh also indirectly referred to Pakistan and said that some forces are trying to sow seeds of hatred in the Union Territory. He said the recent targeted killings in Jammu and Kashmir have a foreign conspiracy and such attempts will be foiled.
He was addressing a program to mark the 200th anniversary of the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Gulab Singh here today. “I appeal to the people here that the social fabric of Jammu and Kashmir should never be broken by rising above religion, caste. Here are some forces who have always tried to break this social fabric and promote fundamentalists. Recently, ignite hatred in JK attempted again,” he said.