A policeman with the J&K Police’s elite counter insurgency force was killed in an encounter with militants Wednesday morning in north Kashmir’s Sopore. The militants escaped after a brief gunbattle.
Early on Wednesday morning, a joint team of J&K Police’s elite Special Operations Group and the Army launched an operation in the Marbal forest area in Sopore after a specific input about the presence of militants.
Police said that as the joint team was cordoning off the area, militants opened fire.
SOG personnel Mohammad Shafi Dar was hit and later succumbed to injuries.
“The militants managed to escape,” SP, Sopore, Harmeet Singh told The Indian Express.
“We had inputs about the presence of four militants in the area,” he added.
Dar was a resident of Kulgam in south Kashmir and was posted with the SOG unit in Srinagar.
Though the Army and the police personnel launched a search in the area, they couldn’t find the militants.
In the afternoon, the wreath laying ceremony of the slain policeman was held at the District Police lines in Srinagar. The ceremony was attended by top police and civil officers, including Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra and the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan.
Wednesday’s encounter between militants and security forces was the second one in the Sopore police district in one week. On November 7, two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with police and Army at Watergam village of Sopore.