Three terrorists gunned down in encounter
STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: Three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag, while terrorists killed an apple trader from Punjab and Chattisgarh labourer in Pulwama district even as normal life remained affected in the valley for the 73rd consecutive day on Wednesday since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution. The three terrorists, who were in their early 20s and had joined terror groups recently, were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with the police in Anantnag district, officials said. The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday on a specific intelligence provided by the district police. All the three terrorists have been neutralised, the officials said. A police team, along with other security forces, launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area. It had a pinpointed information where the three terrorists were holed up, the officials said. It approached a house whose owner resisted saying that no one was present at the premises, but not agreeing to the landlord, the team carried on with their operation, they said. The holed up terrorists first fired at around 02.30 AM after which the police retaliated effectively. In the encounter, the entire house came down due to the gunfight, they said, adding that the bodies have been handed over to the families for their burial. The oldest among the three was Nasir Gulzar Chadroo alias Abu Hannan, a resident of Bijbehara in Anantnag district, who had joined the banned Lashker-e-Taiba terror outfit in September last year.
The other two were identified as Zahid Ahmad Lone and Aaqib Ahmad Hajam.
While Lone, also a resident of Bijbehara, had joined the terror outfit in July, Hajam, a resident of Redhwani in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, had joined terrorism in April. All the three were in their early 20’s.
Meanwhile, a Punjab-based apple trader was killed and another injured in a terrorist attack in Shopian district this evening, police said.
Charanjeet Singh and Sanjeev were shot at Trenz by 3-4 terrorists around 7.30 PM, police said.
They were taken to the district hospital in Pulwama in a critical condition.
Charanjeet succumbed to his injuries while Sanjeev’s condition is stated to be critical, they said.
This is third such incident in as many days in the Valley.
In yet another terror related incident , a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh was shot dead by terrorists in terror-infested Pulwama district of south Kashmir, the second such incident within three days, police said.
Sethi Kumar Sagar, a resident of Besoli area of Chhattisgarh, was a brick kiln worker. He was killed by terrorists when he was walking with another civilian near Kakapora railway station.
Eyewitnesses said that there were two terrorists.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said that the incident happened at Kakapora area of Pulwama. “We have formed teams and have fanned out in the area to catch the killers,” he added.
“I would like to assure the farmers in Kashmir that all possible security will be provided. They will be allowed to reap the harvest. I would assure security to all farmers in Kashmir. It will be provided by the state. It is our responsibility,” General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon is reported to have told a national news agency..
This is the second incident of targeting non-Kashmiri workers in the valley since Monday. Two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead a truck driver from Rajasthan at Shirmal village of Shopian district in south Kashmir on Monday.
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