March 2019 News

8 Die In 56-hour Gunfight In Jammu And Kashmir's Kupwara

3 March 2019
India Today
Ashraf Wani

Srinagar: Two militants and five security personnel were killed in a 52-hour gunbattle that ended at Babagund village of Handwara in north Kashmir's Kupwara on Sunday. A militant and four security personnel, including a CRPF inspector, were killed and 11 others were injured on Friday. On Saturday, para-commandos from 3rd and 9th battalion joined the forces comprising Army's 22 Rashtriya Rifles, 92 battalion CRPF and police's Special Operation Group. On Sunday, one more CRPF trooper succumbed to injuries and another militant was gunned down, an officer said. The CRPF trooper, who died on Sunday in Army's 92 base hospital in Badamibagh of Srinagar, has been identified as Head Constable Sham Narain Singh Yadav of CRPF 92. With the killing of two militants, the overall death toll mounted to eight, including a civilian. The encounter broke out during the night between February 28 and March 1 after the team launched a cordon and search operation. A fierce encounter started and two militants were believed to have been killed. However, when the joint search team went to retrieve the militant bodies, one of the two militants, earlier believed to be dead, stood up and fired indiscriminately. CRPF inspector Pintu Kumar and paramilitary trooper Vinod besides two policemen - Naseer Ahmad Kholi and Ghulam Mustafa Barah - were killed and 11 security men, seven of the Army, were injured in the gunfight. A civilian, Waseem Ahmad Mir, was also killed amid clashes. Three houses got damaged during the gunfight which belong to Manzoor Ahmad Shah, son of Ghulam Hassan, Fayaz Ahmad Peer, son of Wali Mohammad, and Imtiyaz Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat.