Srinagar, May 19: Junaid Sehrai, son of separatist conglomerate Tehreek-e-Hurriyat’s chairman Ashraf Sehrai, was among the two Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed in an encounter in downtown Srinagar on Tuesday.
Three security force personnel were also injured in the encounter which ensued after a cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched in downtown, where cellular and mobile internet services were suspended for security reason.
A police official told UNI that following special information about the presence of militants, a joint CASO was launched by J&K police and CRPF around 2 am at densely populated Kanemazar area in Srinagar. When security forces were moving towards the target house, militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons. “Security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter,” he said, adding the exchange of fire took place during the night.
“Firing resumed during search in the morning and two militant were killed in the encounter," the police official said. “Both the militants belonged to the HM,” he said, adding two weapons, besides arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Official sources said that three security force personnel were also injured in the exchange of fire. A senior police official said that one of the slain militant has been identified as Junai Sehrai, who went missing in 2018.(UNI)