New Delhi: Two militants, including a PhD scholar and Hizbul commander, were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The gunfight took place in Shatgund village. However, the police have not confirmed the identities of the militants. Also Read - J&K: 50% Rebate on Water And Electricity Bills | L-G Manoj Sinha Announces Rs 1,350 cr Economic Package for UT
Police official Hizbul commander has been identified as Manan Bashir Wani. He is a PhD scholar of Aligarh Muslim University who joined militancy in January. He was trapped in the cordon along with another Kashmiri militant and died. Wani belongs to Lolab area of Kupwara. Also Read - Record 3,186 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan Along LoC In Past Eight Months, Highest Since 2003
A boy too was injured during intense street clashes between protesters and the security forces as news of the gun battle spread following the cordon and search operation in the village. The boy with a gunshot injury in his leg was shifted to a Srinagar hospital, a police officer said. Also Read - Indian Army Says Its Troops 'Exceeded' Powers Under AFSPA in Shopian Encounter, Initiates Disciplinary Proceedings
Authorities have ordered the closure of all educational institutions and suspended mobile Internet services in the district. Classes in degree colleges of Bandipora, Baramulla, Pulwama, and Srinagar districts have also been suspended as a precaution.
In a separate incident in Pulwama district on Thursday, militants fired at and injured Special Police Officer Bilal Ahmad in Karimabad village. He has been shifted to a hospital, a police officer said.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan had violated ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch last night. At least one jawan was injured.
Last week, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to firing along the LoC in Poonch district only, defence officials had said.
(With agency inputs)