Srinagar, October 17: One Jammu and Kashmir policeman was martyred, and three terrorists were gunned down in an encounter in Srinagar's Fateh Kadal area. "Three terrorists have been eliminated, and one Jammu and Kashmir police personnel has lost his life in the gun-battle," Imitiyaz Ismail Parray, SSP, Srinagar, told news agency ANI.
Security forces surrounded the Fateh Kadal area following information about the presence of militants. As the security forces closed in on a house, the militants hiding there fired triggering an encounter that is underway, a police officer told IANS. All schools and colleges in the area have been closed as a precautionary measure. Mobile Internet services have also been suspended.
Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were also injured as the holed up militants fired upon approaching personnel triggering the encounter. The policeman killed was identified as Kamal belonging to Reasi district of Jammu region. While the identity of the slain militants was yet to be established, one of them could be Mehraj Bangroo, a wanted militant belonging to Fateh Kadal.
On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh told security forces in Jammu and Kashmir not to fire first, but to retaliate without counting the bullets, if provoked. "It (Pakistan) is our neighbour, so don't fire first. But if even one bullet comes from that side, then don't take count of the bullets (fired in retaliation)," he said in his directive to the Armed forces.