Gunfight rages in J&K's Pulwama; one CRPF personnel dead

There have been several such attacks recently when militants attempted to snatch rifles from the policemen on duty

"In the initial exchange of fire, one CRPF jawan, identified as J D Mandeep Kumar of 182 Battalion of CRPF, sustained injured and he later succumbed", a police spokesperson said, adding that the militants managed to escape in cover of the darkness.

Two houses were damaged during the gunfight and owner of one of the houses Bashir Ahmad suffered an injury in his shoulder. Sources in the security forces told IANS that the security forces including the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group of state police and the Central Reserve Police Force surrounded Wagum village on the outskirts of Pulwama town following information about a group of militants hiding there.

"As soon as the search party approached the suspect's house, militants hiding inside fired indiscriminately due to which the house owner Bashir Ahmad sustained an injury and is stated to be stable now", the official said.

Police said that the militants, taking advantage of the darkness, fled the spot.

When contacted, SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudhary confirmed killing the killing of CRPF trooper and as well as militants' escaping after the gunfight.

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A mob threw stones at the forces a little distance away, forcing them to call off the operation apprehending an escalation. The encounter started after the security forces launched a joint operation at Bargam village last night.

A couple of days back, security forces gunned down five Hizbul Mujahideen militants at a village in Shopian.

The militants, as per sources, also took along the weapon and ammunition pouch of the slain CRPF man.

Area was immediately taken into cordon and the searches were intensified.

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