The 28-hour long gunfight in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar ended on Tuesday with the killing of both holed-up militants while a CRPF man was killed and policeman injured in the encounter yesterday.
The gunfight, which started at around 10 am yesterday, ended at around 1.30 pm today after both the militants holed-up in under construction multi-storey building near CRPF camp in Karan Nagar were killed.
The house, where from militants were firing on the troops, was damaged during the gunfight.
IGP Kashmir, Swayam Prakash Pani told reporters that as per preliminary details and the incriminating material recovered from the encounter site, slain militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Lashkar had also claimed yesterday that militants of the outfit were involved in the attack.
Pani said identity of the slain militants was being ascertained.
He said some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site.
The gunfight had started on Monday morning after a sentry of 23-bn CRPF fired on two fidayeen at around 4:30 am after foiling their attempt to storm the camp. The militants later took shelter in an under construction multi-story building near the CRPF camp.
The militants fired on the force personnel during the cordon and search operation at around 9.30 am and the fire was returned by the troops, triggering an encounter.
A CRPF man, constable Mohammad Mujahid Khan of 49 bn was killed and a policeman Javid Ahmad injured in the gunfight yesterday. The injured cop is undergoing treatment at SMHS hospital.
IGP said the operation against militants was planned carefully. “The civilian population was evacuated to safer place since the gunfight took place in a congested locality.”
“The operation was clean and there was no collateral damage,” he said.
IG CRPF, Ravideep Sahi said after the gunfight stopped, CRPF and police men carried out room intervention during which bodies of two militants were recovered.
He said CRPF men and officers in Valley are alert to security challenges.
“Our forces are alert. The environment in which we are working, we need to be alert. Our troops are alert to security challenges which we are facing,” he said.
The IG CRPF said the credit goes to the sentry, who stopped fidayeen from entering the battalion headquarters.
“Had militants entered the camp, there would have been losses,” he said.
Sahi said the sentry has done a commendable job. “He would be suitably rewarded”.
On LeT militants staging fidayeen attacked, he said, “Both Jaish and LeT can carry out fidayeen attacks.”
Sahi, however, said troops know how to tackle these fidayeen attacks. “We are aware of the circumstances and taken measures to take on these fidayeen”.