Srinagar: The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Dangerpora area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday. Two terrorists are believed to be trapped in the area. Also Read - Unlock 2 in Jammu and Kashmir: Shopping Malls Can Reopen, Movement of Individuals For Non-essential Activities Remains Prohibited
The 22 Rashtriya Rifles, Sopore Police and the Central Reserve Police Force are jointly carrying out the operation. Also Read - Amid Ladakh Standoff, India Raises 'Strong Concerns' Against Pak Forces Trying to Infiltrate Border
Earlier on Wednesday, two terrorists were killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces at Zagoo Arizal area in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - Dia Mirza-Vishal Dadlani-Hansal Mehta Call Out BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra's Nasty Tweet Mocking Picture of Dead Kashmiri Citizen
One of the terrorists was identified as Mukhtar A Khan, a local resident of Brass Arizal, Budgam. He was involved in attacks on security establishments. In the encounter, one army jawan sustained injuries, his condition is stable.
After the encounter, the angry residents took to streets to protest and pelted stones at the security forces. A media van was also vandalised in the attack by the locals. A video shared by news agency ANI shows residents, including women, pelting stones at jawans.
Earlier, briefing about the operation, Colonel AK Nair, Commanding Officer, 53 Rashtriya Rifles, had said. “Two terrorists were eliminated in the encounter. We had been tracking this group for some time, they were here probably to create unrest for upcoming Panchayat elections. We have recovered two-AK 47s and one pistol.”
The Budgam encounter came a couple of days after two terrorists were gunned down by security forces during an encounter at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. One of the slain militants was reportedly identified as Mohammad Usman, the nephew of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, while the other was identified as Showkat Ahmad, a local.