A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant was killed while a policeman was martyred in an encounter in the Baramulla district of North Kashmir. This encounter took place in the early morning of Wednesday.
This is the first encounter that was processed by teams of the Army, J&K Police, and the CRPF since two Bills were passed in the Rajya Sabha to revoke the application of Article 370 that gave special status to the State of J&K and convert it into two Union Territories. Most part of the Kashmir valley is still under lockdown with some of the restrictions being removed for the last fortnight.
The encounter started around 7:30 pm on Tuesday evening and carried on till 3:30 am on Wednesday morning.
An official reported that the body of the militant, said to be a local, was recovered at 6:30 am in the morning.
The Jammu & Kashmir police posted a tweeted that the militant had been identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Baramulla. He was connected to Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Heavy stone-pelting was a prime feature when the encounter was under process in the area.
“We had information of two terrorists holed up in a house; this morning, we recovered one body,” an official said.
One SPO identified as Billal Ahmad was badly injured during the encounter and succumbed to injuries, while another J&K police personnel Sub-inspector Amardeep Parihar has been taken to a nearby army hospital for necessary treatment.