Shopian Gunfight: Police Version

Srinagar : Police on Sunday issued following statement regarding about the Shopian gunfight saying that based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Batagund area of Kapran in district Shopian, a cordon and search operation was launched in the intervening night jointly by Police and security forces in the area.

A police spokesperson in a statement said that as the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. Initially, one jawan of 34 RR sustained injuries in the exchange of fire. He was evacuated to the hospital and is stated to be stable now.

“However one Jawan identified as Nazir Ahmad of 34 RR who got grievously injured in the final phase of the encounter has succumbed and attained martyrdom,” the spokesman said.

“In the ensuing encounter, six militants were neutralized and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. Their identities and affiliations are being ascertained,” he said.

“Moreover few individuals sustained injuries at the encounter site and have been evacuated to hospital for medical attention,” he added.

“Incriminating materials including a huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter,” spokesman said.

“Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” said police spokesman in a statement.

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