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 - Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti Invited to Meet PM Modi to Discuss Future Course of Action For J&K
The 22 Rashtriya Rifles, Sopore Police and the Central Reserve Police Force are jointly carrying out the operation. Also Read - Political Stagnation to End in J&K? Centre Calls All-Party Meeting With Mainstream Leaders on June 24, Say Reports
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 - Unlock 2021: Jammu And Kashmir Eases Covid Curbs in THESE 8 Districts. Full List of Relaxations Here
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.