Amid high-octane political drama over BJP-PDP break-up in Jammu and Kashmir, another encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in Anantnag district during wee hours on Friday.
The gunfight is currently underway in Srigufwara area of the militancy-hit state. According to latest reports, four terrorists are gunned down by security forces in the region.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation, which turned into a gunfight after the militants fired upon the forces, who retaliated. The search operation came after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area.
Here are the LIVE updates:
# 12:31 PM: Total of 4 terrorists gunned down by security forces in Anantnag's Srigufwara area: DGP S.P. Vaid.
Two more bodies of terrorists recovered, taking total number to 4. https://t.co/ws9OsU8cQU— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) June 22, 2018
# 11:25 AM: Terrorists reportedly affiliated to Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), tweets SP Vaid, DGP.
Terrorists reportedly affiliated to ISJK.— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) June 22, 2018
# 10:56 AM: Jammu and Kashmir: Internet services suspended in Srinagar and Anantnag due to an ongoing encounter in Anantnag's Srigufwara area.
# 10:33 AM: Encounter started in early hours of the morning, there was information about 3-4 terrorists' presence. 3 bodies (of terrorists) are being retrieved. One Policeman is reportedly martyred and 2 civilians are injured: Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid
# 10:13 AM: 2 terrorists gunned down by security forces in an encounter underway in Anantnag's Srigufwara area, another terrorist trapped.
# 06:57 AM: Jammu and Kashmir: An encounter started between security forces and terrorists in Anantnag's Srigufwara area. 2 to 3 terrorists believed to be trapped. More details awaited.
Earlier on Wednesday, a constable lost his life after militants fired upon a police vehicle at Kandizal near Galander Bypass on Srinagar-Jammu highway area of Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
On June 19, three terrorists were gunned down by security forces in Pulwama’s Hayuna Tral area.
Security forces resumed anti-terror operation along LoC a day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh decided not to extend the "unilateral ceasefire" in Jammu and Kashmir beyond Eid.
The Centre on May 16, announced a unilateral cessation of operations against militants keeping in mind the holy month of Ramzan. Pakistan, however, did not honour India's decision to maintain the ceasefire and time and again violated it across the Line of Control (LoC).