A heavy gun battle between militants and the security forces killed three Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists on Thursday in Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
According to police, after receiving the information about the presence of militants, Rashtriya Rifles (RR) troops, special operation groups of state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) surrounded the Arwani village late on Wednesday.
Security forces launched a search operation at Hassanpora village in Bijbehara area of Anantnag. As the security forces started the search operation, the militants started a fire at them which triggered an encounter.
A senior police officer told IANS, “As the security forces tightened the cordon, some gunshots were heard, but after that, there was no exchange of fire, with the first light today (Thursday) hiding militants started firing at the surrounding security forces. The fire was returned and the encounter was still going on.”
It was suspected that Abu Dujana, Lashkar-e-Toiba commander and one of the most wanted terrorists was among the gunmen holed up in a house in Arwani village of Anantnag.
After the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Dujana was said to attend a protest rally.
When it was asked whether Dujana was among the holed up militants, the officer said that they can not confirm anything about it until the encounter was over.
Mobile phone services in parts of Kashmir were suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag districts. Sources told IANS that there was no official order on the suspension but the step was taken to check the rumours.
Railway authorities also had suspended the train services from Budgam-Banihal because of the encounter.