Cop, terrorist killed in first encounter in J&K since abrogation of Article 370

One Special Police Officer lost his life and one terrorist was gunned down in an encounter in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir last night. This was the first encounter between security forces and terrorists ever since the Union government abrogated special category status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 by reading down Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

While the identity of the terrorist is yet to be established, the martyred SPO has been identified as Billal, stated Jammu and Kashmir police. Meanwhile, sub-inspector Amardeep Parihar who was injured in the encounter has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Notably, the gun battle between armed militants and security forces began on Tuesday evening and went on till night. “Encounter is over. One terrorist killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Our colleague SPO Billal attained martyrdom. SI Amardeep Parihar injured in the incident is being treated at Army Hospital,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police at around 5:30 AM today.

A heavy exchange of gunfire between the terrorists and the security forces began at around 5 PM on Tuesday in Old Baramullah of Jammu and Kashmir. In view of the intense firing, police had cordoned off the area for the public.

In yet another encounter on August 3, a terrorist was killed in Malmapanpora area of Sopore district in Jammu and Kashmir and an Army personnel was injured in a gun-battle between terrorists and security officers. This encounter took place just a day after a security personnel was martyred and a terrorist was gunned down in Shopian’s Pandoshan village.

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