Scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani, was one among the two militants to have been killed in an encounter at Handwara in North Kashmir on Thursday.
Wani, a PhD scholar with the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), joined militant ranks this January, according to sources.
Following the tip-off of the trapped militants, police and other security forces have cordoned off a village. And, the militants have been asked to surrender by the police through a public address system.
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The firing stopped for sometime around 9 am, but firing resumed after 15 minutes amid search operation, the officials said.
The operation has been concluded, the police said.