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Kulgam encounter: house owner misled us, will take action, says Kashmir police chief

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said that it will act against the owner of the house, where an encounter lead to the death of a militant and counter-insurgent policeman.

A top Jaish-e-Muhammad militant and the counter-insurgency expert of Special Operation Group of J&K police were killed while three Indian Army soldiers and two civilians were injured in an overnight encounter at the Pariwan area of the southern district, police said Thursday.

A police officer said based on specific input regarding the presence of a militant in Pariwan, a joint cordon and search operation was launched on Wednesday evening by Police and Indian Army.

“During the search operation, as the forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately at the forces that were retaliated leading to an encounter,” the officer said.

A police spokesman said that while evacuating the civilians from the encounter site to safer places, one police personnel, three soldiers, and two civilians got injured. “All the injured were immediately shifted to the hospital for treatment, however, policeman Rohit Chibb succumbed,” he said adding that, “the condition of other injured including two civilians who had sustained minor injuries is stated to be stable.”

Inspector-General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar told a local news agency that in the ensuing encounter, one top Pakistani JeM militant Babar Bhai was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of the encounter.

“As per police records, the slain militant was active since 2018 in Shopian-Kulgam and its adjoining areas,” the IGP said, adding: arms and ammunition including an AK-47 rifle, a pistol, and two grenades were also recovered from the site of encounter.

Talking to reporters at Kulgam, the IGP said that the house owner had misled the forces about the presence of militants in his house.

“He deliberately misled the search team by saying no militant was hiding in their house which led to collateral damage. Therefore, action under the law will be taken against him,” the IGP said.

He also said that so far 14 militants have been slain during the current year out of which seven are foreigners including one killed at LoC in Kupwara.

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