Three militants were killed in an encounter with the Indian security forces in Tral in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation (CASO) in the Gulshanpora area of Tral on Sunday morning after receiving specific intelligence about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said as the forces were conducting searches, the militants fired at them, triggering an encounter. In the encounter, three militants were killed, the official said, adding further details were awaited.
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested a decorated counterinsurgency officer for allegedly having ties with Kashmiri militants.
“Police intercepted a car in southern Kashmir on Saturday night and arrested Deputy Superintendent Davinder Singh along with two [Kashmiri fighters] and their civilian aide,” Inspector General Vijay Kumar told reporters in Srinagar.
Kumar called the arrests a big operation and claimed that one of the arrested Kashmiris was a top commander of the group Hizbul Mujahideen, who had reportedly deserted police ranks in 2017 with four weapons.
He stated that the commander, Naveed Baba, was second in command in Hizbul Mujahideen. “Some weapons and ammunition were recovered from the arrested men,” Kumar said.
“The issue is very sensitive and all intelligence agencies and police are jointly interrogating the officer,” he said. “Given the circumstances, this is a heinous crime.”
Singh has long served in the Indian police’s Special Operations Group and was currently working at the anti-hijacking unit at Srinagar’s airport, one of the most fortified and heavily guarded airports. Singh was once injured in an operation and was later given the Indian president’s gallantry award.s.