Days after a terror attack, Indian security forces shot down two Jaish-e-Mohammed militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama District on Monday. However, three soldiers and an army officer were also martyred following an over 12-hour encounter.
The two terrorists included Abdul Rasjhid Gazi, alias Kamran, who was allegedly the mastermind of Pulwama terror attack which has left 49 CRPF troopers killed so far.
The other terrorist Kamran was a Pakistani and a key aide of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s chief Masood Azhar.
Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said: “One of the two slain JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) terrorists was a top commander and belonged to Pakistan.”
As the fighting raged, civilians poured out of their homes in nearby areas and pelted stones at the security personnel in a bid to help the militants escape.
The security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
A civilian was also killed.
Director General of CRPF has said that Kamran, alias Ghazi, who was killed by security forces during encounter in Pinglana, was a “very important commander” of Jaish-e-Mohammed. “It’s an achievement,” the DG said.
Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, 34, was from Dehradun. The other three soldiers killed in the operation belonged to the 55 Rashtriya Rifles namely Sepoy Hari Singh, 27, Havaldar Sheo Ram, 37, and Sepoy Ajay Kumar, 27.
A civilian was also killed in the encounter, said the police. A targeted operation was launched a little after midnight on a tip-off that three Jaish terrorists, including the handler of the Pulwama suicide bomber, were hiding in the Pinglan area.
Soldiers of the 55 Rashtriya Rifles, two batallions of the CRPF and the Special Operation Group of the Jammu and Kashmir police were involved in the encounter.