Srinagar, Mar 2 : Security forces with the first light on Saturday morning resumed Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) against militants in Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara, where so far two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, an equal number of state police personnel besides a civilian were killed.
The operation was going on when the reports last came in, a police spokesman said. He said the operation was launched against militants at Baba Gund area in Kralgund Handwara in Kupwara district.
Giving details, police spokesman said based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Baba Gund area of Kralgund in Handwara, a CASO was launched jointly by Police and security forces in the area yesterday.
As the searches were going on, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately on the search party. He said in the process, two police personnel, two CRPF personnel and a civilian sustained critical injuries and later succumbed. The two police personnel, who attained martyrdom, have been identified as Selection Grade Constable (SgCt) Naseer Ahmad Kholi and SgCt Ghulam Mustafa Barah and two CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector Pintu and Constable Vinod.
In the nearby area a civilian, identified as Waseem Ahmad Mir, who also sustained bullet injury, succumbed at the hospital. He said citizens are requested not to venture inside encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitised and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.
The spokesman said Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh has conveyed deepest condolences on behalf of the Jammu & Kashmir Police to the bereaved family of our two brave policemen who were working as Personnel Security Officers (PSOs) to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Handwara and were participating in the operation launched against JeM militants yesterday.
'We also pay our tributes to Inspector Pinto and other jawan of CRPF who made supreme sacrifice of their lives in the same operation yesterday,' the spokesman added. 'Our best wishes to the injured officers and jawans of Army, police and CRPF for their speedy recovery,' the DGP conveyed. (UNI)