Tribune News Service
Srinagar, July 3
A militant accused of being involved in a recent shooting incident that left a six-year-old boy and a CRPF jawan dead in south Kashmir was killed in an encounter that raged between security forces and militants on the city outskirts on Thursday night, police said.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel was also killed in the gunfight.
They said the gunfight broke out at Malbagh area at around 10.30 pm when joint teams of police and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation following an input about the presence of militants.
“As security forces cordoned the area, the hiding militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated, triggering an encounter. In the gunfight a militant was killed and a CRPF jawan of Quick Action Team of the force was critically wounded,” a security official said.
The injured head constable was evacuated to Army’s 92 base hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The CRPF jawan was identified as Kuldeep Urwan, 38, from Jharkhand.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Vijay Kumar, identified the slain militant as Zahid Daas of ISJK.
“He was involved in the recent killing of a CRPF man at Bijbehara in Anantnag and a six-year-old boy. It is a big success for JKP and CRPF,” Kumar said.
On June 26, a CRPF man and a child were killed as militants attacked the security forces at Bijbehara. Soon after the attack police had also released a photo of Daas of ISJK and said an FIR was registered against the militant by name. The killing of the boy had triggered outrage in Kashmir.