An agriculture officer and a sarpanch were killed, while another person was critically injured in a grenade attack during a back to village programme at Hakoora village near Budgam in Anantnag district today. Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces at Drabgam in Pulwama district.
The second phase of back to village programme started yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir and will end on November 30.
The agriculture officer killed in Hakoora grenade attack was identified as Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of SK Colony Anantnag, while sarpanch as Syed Rafi Ahmad of Hakoora. A report said Rafi was also a block president of Congress. Police has blamed militants for the attack.
Reports said the incident occurred around 3.30 PM at the panchayat Ghar when the agriculture officer, sarpanch and others were busy with back to village programme. An unidentified person hurled a grenade and it exploded with a big bang. The agriculture officer and sarpanch were killed, while another person was critically injured, who was removed to Anantnag hospital, wherefrom he was referred to a hospital to Srinagar for further treatment.
The blast caused panic in the area. Those present ran helter skelter. Soon additional forces were rushed towards the affected area. They cordoned off the area and conducted search operation.
Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district, police said.
“Two militants have been killed in the Pulwama encounter and they both were affiliated with the HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) outfit, a police official said.
The encounter broke out last evening after militants fired on security personnel posted at a vehicle checkpoint on Shadimarg in the south Kashmir district, the official said.
He said one militant was killed last night and another this morning.
The slain militants have been identified as Irfan Ahmad Sheikh and Irfan Ahmad Rather, the official said, adding arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site.