Kulgam encounter: Senior police official, army soldier, 3 JeM terrorists killed

25 Février, 2019, 09:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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A deputy superintendent of Police (DSP) and a soldier were martyred and a Major and soldier of the Army injured on Sunday in an encounter in the Turigam village of Kulgam in South Kashmir.

Expressing grief, J&K police officer Imtiyaz Hussain took to Twitter and posted, "We have lost a very courageous J&K Police officer DySP Aman Thakur in an encounter with terrorists in Kulgam". "Militants fired a volley of bullets, and three soldiers were injured". He said that the injured soldiers have been evacuated to the hospital for treatment.

The encounter took place in the Turigam area of Kulgam after the police got an intelligence input about the presence of a group of militants in the area, they added.

Three terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit have been killed in the encounter and their identity was yet to be established.

The officer was posted in Kulgam form the past two years and during that tenure, he had led all the operations from the front.

Clashes broke out between locals and security forces soon after the encounter.

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Furthermore, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBF) have been ordered to replace the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for static guard duties in Srinagar. Arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site. "People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any", said police spokesman in a statement.

During his tenure in the militancy-infested Kulgam district of South Kashmir, Thakur has won laurels from many quarters. He had joined the Jammu and Kashmir Police in 2011.

Imtiyaz Hussain, a police officer in Jammu and Kashmir, said on Twitter, "We have lost a very courageous Jammu and Kashmir police officer, DySP Aman Thakur, in an encounter with terrorists in Kulgam".

Militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated, triggering a gun-battle.

He is survived by his parents, wife Sarla Devi and 6-year-old son Arya. Four civilians have also died in various violent incidents since the beginning of 2019.

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