(Updating yesterday’s copy)
Srinagar (NVI): One unidentified terrorist has been killed in an encounter with security forces at Rawalpora area of Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir, J&K police said today.
Yesterday, at around 8.00 pm, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 34RR and 14Bn of CRPF in the said area on the basis of input generated by Shopian police regarding the presence of terrorists.
The terrorists were given opportunity to surrender after their presence was ascertained, but they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
“#ShopianEncounterUpdate: 01 unidentified #terrorist killed. #Operation going on. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Zone Police said in a tweet.
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) March 14, 2021
The operation was suspended yesterday due to darkness even as the cordon remained intact throughout night.
Today in the morning, repeated announcements were again made to hiding terrorists to surrender, but they fired on joint search party which was retaliated.
The deceased terrorist has been identified as Jahangir Ahmad Wani, resident of Rakh Narapora Shopian, affiliated to LeT.
As per police records, the terrorist was active since September 1, 2020 and was involved in several terror cases including attacks on security forces and civilians.
Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the terrorist including one M4 carbine, 3 magazines and 36 armour piercing rounds. Cash worth rupees 9,600 was also recovered, the Army said in a statement, adding that the joint operation is in progress.
Three houses caught fire during the encounter and a group of miscreants tried to disrupt the operation and, creating law and order problem near the encounter site. These miscreants were also injured.
Meanwhile, cordon and search operation in the area is still going on to track the other hiding terrorists.
Earlier on Thursday, two Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces at the Kandipora area of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.