One terrorist and two civilians were killed while an Indian Army jawan suffered injuries when an encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in the Chadoora area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, sources at police control room told International Business Times India. A weapon has been recovered from the terrorist. The encounter has ended.
Forty-three jawans from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and 20 policemen were injured after locals pelted stones on security personnel to disrupt the encounter between terrorists and security forces, DIG CRPF Sanjay Kumar told ANI.
The deceased have been identified as Zahid Rashid from Budgam's Chadoora area, Sakib Ahmad from Wathoora and Ashfaq Ahmad from Rangret, medical superintendent of Srinagar's Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital told IBTimes India.
Civilians disrupting operations against terrorists in the conflict-prone state has been a matter of debate recently when the Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that those stopping the Army from doing its work in Jammu and Kashmir would be treated as allies of terrorists. Rawat had warned people with dire consequences, which led to politicians like Omar Abdullah condemning such harsh measures.
In another incident in Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists barged inside the houses of two police officers in Shopian on Monday night. The houses were ransacked and gunshots were fired by the terrorists before fleeing.
On Monday, a Hizbul Mujahideen group had been busted in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The security forces also recovered arms and ammunition.