Srinagar, Apr 11: A jawan was martyred and two others were injured in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and the security forces in Kulgam district of South Kashmir during wee hours on Wednesday. Two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped in the region. The firing is currently underway in Khudwani area of the district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Six additional coys of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been moved to the site of encounter. Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of South Kashmir following the encounter at Kulgam. Train services on Srinagar-Banihal route have also been suspended as a precautionary measure. Although, the trains will continue to ply normally on Srinagar-Baramulla route, reported news agency ANI.

Earlier on Sunday, the security forces busted an old militant hideout in Rajouri’s Gadyog area of Khawas in Jammu and Kashmir during a search operation. At least two AK-47 rifles and bullets along with a few magazines were recovered from the site. Both the state police and the Army launched a joint search operation after receiving a tip-off regarding the hideout.

According to reports, there has been a surge of militants in Jammu and Kashmir in the past five years. It is being said that this trend picked up after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016.

Meanwhile, militant recruitment have been on the rise in the Valley despite police and Army’s joint efforts to neutralize the terrorists. As per the statistics, nearly 27 youth have joined militancy this year and the graph is only seeing an upward trend.

A J&K police official said that social media is to be blamed for youth partaking in militancy. He said that social media tends to glamourise such events and when large people hailed these terrorists as martyrs and attended their funeral, it bears a negative effect on the minds of the young people.