Handwara Encounter: Two more forces personnel killed, toll 4

Srinagar: A CRPF Inspector was among four government forces personnel killed while eight others including a commandant of the paramilitary forces were injured in the gunfight at Babagund Langate area of Handwara in frontier Kupwara district on Friday.

Official sources told GNS that when a joint search team of police, CRPF and army went to retrieve the militant bodies amid a lull, one of the two militants, earlier believed to be dead stood up and fired indiscriminately leading to injuries to CRPF Inspector, a policeman and five government forces personnel including army soldiers who were removed to hospital.

Among the injured, the paramilitary Inspector namely Pintoo of 92 bn CRPF and the policeman of SOG Handwara namely Naseer Ahmad succumbed to wounds, they said.

In the meantime, fresh gunfight resumed between the forces and the militant in which a CRPF commandant, one paramilitary personnel and a policeman were injured along with two more soldiers. All the injured were evacuated to military hospital, two of them–one CRPF personnel and the policeman–succumbed to their injuries.

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The condition of CRPF commandant is stated to be serious, they said.

The operation was going when reports last came in.

The encounter broke out during midnight after the joint team of army’s 22 RR, 92 Battalion CRPF and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation at Khanan Babagund in Langate.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out near the encounter site between the forces and youth. In forces action, at least four youth were injured, three of them have suffered pellet injuries while one received injuries in his foot.

All the injured were taken to district hospital Handwara for treatment. (GNS)