Will continue pressure on terrorists: DGP
STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: A Special Police Officer (SPO) of Jammu and Kashmir Police was martyred while another cop was injured in an encounter with terrorists in Baramulla district on Tuesday night. Cops also gunned down a terrorist during the encounter. The martyred SPO has been identified by the police as Bilal. The police said the injured sub-inspector, Amardeep Parihar, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
Civilian killed in LoC firing in Poonch
JAMMU: A 22-year-old civilian was killed in heavy mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Wednesday. Mohammad Addul Karim was critically injured when a mortar shell hit his house at village Dabraj in Mendhar sector late on Tuesday. He was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead, the officials said. Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors witnessed heavy mortar shelling and firing from across the LoC on Tuesday, resulting in the martyrdom of Army soldier Naik Ravi Ranjam Kumar and injuries to four other personnel. Nearly half a dozen houses were also damaged in the Pakistani firing, which had forced closure of schools falling within the firing range in the two sectors as a precautionary measure. Schools, however, reopened on Wednesday, the officials said.
The terrorist has been identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Syed Kareem Baramulla. The terrorist was affiliated with terror outfit LeT and was wanted by the law for his complicity in a series of terror crimes.
As per police records, he was involved in planning and executing several terror attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities. Several terror crime cases were registered against him.
The gun battle between security forces and armed terrorists, which had begun on Tuesday evening, had continued into the night.
At 5:30 AM on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir police tweeted that the encounter was over.
“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,” stated the police in the tweet.
Security agencies were involved in heavy exchange of gunfire with the terrorists in the encounter. The firing had begun with the terrorists at around 5 PM in Old Baramulla and the area was cordoned off for the public.
This was the first encounter between security forces and terrorists ever since the Union government abrogated special category status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 by reading down Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
Meanwhile, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh said after a Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) ultra was killed in the first encounter after abrogation of Article 370 provisions that anti-terrorism operations will continue to mount further pressure on terrorists and isolate them.
Effective initiatives have been taken to bring improvement in law and order situation in the Valley to ensure security of people, the DGP said and warned of stringent action against anyone attempting “to disrupt peace and create panic”.
The DGP was interacting with police officers and personnel during his day-long visit to Kupwara and Baramulla districts of north Kashmir, where he also attended the wreath laying ceremony of Special Police Officer (SPO) Bilal Ahmad Magray who lost his life in the encounter in Ganai Hamam area of Baramulla.
“The coordinated cordon and search operations by the police and other forces will continue to mount further pressure on terrorists. Achievements have been made on the anti-terrorism front and these operations will continue to isolate the terrorists so that they do not mislead the masses,” Singh said.
The police chief, who was accompanied by Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S P Pani during the visit to Baramulla, Handwara and Sopore, said effective initiatives have been taken to bring all round improvement in the law and order situation in Kashmir valley to ensure security of the people.
“Stringent action will be taken against those disrupting the peace and creating panic among the masses,” the police chief said.
The DGP lauded the bravery and courage of SPO Magray and consoled the bereaved family, assuring them of all assistance.
He also appreciated the police and CRPF teams involved in the encounter.
The wreath laying ceremony was also attended by IGP Armed Kashmir Vijay Kumar, General Officer Commanding, 19 Division, Maj Gen G P Singh, Brigadier 79 Division Girish Kalia, Brigadier 19 Artillery Shridhar, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, G N Ittoo and other officers, a police spokesman said.
The DGP also visited the Army Hospital to enquire about Singh’s condition, the spokesman said.
He said the encounter was the first anti-terrorism operation in Kashmir since August 5 when the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the state into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
During his visit to Sopore and Handwara, the spokesman said the DGP took stock of the law and order situation. He emphasized upon the police officers to provide a helping hand to the people to ease their difficulties.
“People’s cooperation is must for normalizing the day to day activities and the police has to make every effort to address the people’s difficulties,” he said.
The DGP interacted with the Sub-divisional Police Officers, Station House Officers and other territorial and Army and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) officers deployed in counter insurgency and law and order grid and complimented the good work being done by the troops.
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