Srinagar: An army deserter was among two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants killed in a fierce encounter by security forces in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Tuesday, official sources said.
Meanwhile, the mobile internet service has been suspended as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours in the district.
They said on a tip off about the presence of militants, troops of Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation at village Safanagri under the jurisdiction of police station Zainpora, Shopian early Tuesday morning.
However, when the security forces moving towards a particular area after sealing all exit points in the village, militants hiding there opened fire with automatic weapons, they said adding security forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter.
Sources said two militants were killed in the encounter who were later identified as Mohammad Idrees Sultan alais Chota Abrar, a local resident and Amir Hussain Rather alias Abu Sobaan, son of Mohammad Amin Rather, resident of Awneera Shopian. Idrees had joined HM after he deserted Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) in April this year when he was posted at Bihar.
Spokesman said both the militants were involved in several activities in the Kashmir valley, including attack on security force establishments.
A police spokesman said two militants were killed in the encounter and there was no collateral damage during the operation. Large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered.
He said citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.
“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any, he said.