Toll reaches four as more forces personnel killed in Handwara


SRINAGAR — A CRPF inspector was among four government forces personnel killed while eleven others including a commandant of the paramilitary forces were injured in the gunfight at Babagund Langate area of Handwara in frontier Kupwara district on Friday.

Official sources said that encounter broke out after the joint team of Army’s 22 RR, 92 Battalion CRPF and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation at Khanan Babagund in Langate during midnight of Thursday and Friday.

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A fierce encounter started and two militants were believed to have been killed.

However, when the joint search team went to retrieve the militant bodies amid a lull, one of the two militants, earlier believed to be dead stood up and fired indiscriminately leading to injuries to CRPF inspector, a policeman and five government forces personnel including Army soldiers who were removed to hospital.

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Among the injured, the paramilitary inspector namely Pintu Kumar of 92 bn CRPF and the policeman of SOG Handwara namely Naseer Ahmad succumbed to wounds, they said.

In the meantime, fresh gunfight resumed between the forces and the militant in which a commandant Deepak Kumar of 92 bn CRPF, 4 paramilitary personnel and a policeman were injured along with two soldiers.

All the injured were evacuated to military hospital, two of them–one CRPF personnel namely constable Vinod and the policeman SgCt Ghulam Mustufa–succumbed to their injuries.

All the injured were taken to military hospital Drugmulla where from four of them shifted to 92 base hospital Badamibagh, Srinagar for specialised treatment, they said, adding that the condition of three among the injured are stated to be serious.

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The operation was going on when reports last came in and militant is learnt to have changed the location. Two houses and cowshed were also gutted, they said.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out near the encounter site between the forces and youth. In the forces action, one civilian was killed and several others were injured, three of whom have suffered pellet injuries while one received injuries in his foot.

All the injured were taken to district hospital Handwara for treatment. (GNS)

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