Encounter underway in Kashmir’s Budgam – The Indian Express

Encounter underway in Kashmir's Budgam
The encounter is still underway. (Representational)

Two militants including the one allegedly involved in the murder of Kashmiri editor Shujaat Bukhari have been killed in an ongoing encounter in J&K’s Budgam district. One of the militants has been identified Naveed Jatt, who is alleged to have played a role in Bukhari’s assassination.

In June, Bukhari, editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, was attacked by three bike-borne gunmen near the newspaper’s office at Lal Chowk. J&K Police said two of the three gunmen were from Kashmir and the third was a Pakistani. Two security personnel accompanying Bukhari were also killed in the attack.

Earlier today, the encounter broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chattergam village of Budgam. As the forces were zeroing in on target house, militants opened fire triggering the encounter. The authorities have snapped internet services in Budgam as a precautionary measure.

On Tuesday, three militants and an army jawan were killed in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral and Kulgam district. An encounter broke out when a joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Redwani village in Kulgam after specific inputs on the presence of militants late Monday night. As searches were underway, the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated, resulting in the death of two LeT militants and an army jawan

Earlier this week, clashes broke out between civilians and security personnel in Shopian following an encounter that killed six militants and a jawan. According to reports, a civilian was killed, over 50 people and an infant were injured in the protests.