Baramulla: The army has claimed it killed two militants in a gunfight in Rajwar forest area of Handwara. Two soldiers were also killed during the operation that continued till last reports.
Since it is a remote area and civilians are not allowed to go to such places during these operations, no independent confirmation of the information provided by police and army could be made.
Deputy inspector general of police (north Kashmir) Gareeb Das told Kashmir Reader that police and army, after receiving inputs from their sources about the presence of a group of four to five militants in Rajwar forest, launched an operation on Thursday.
Two soldiers—rifleman Jagdish Prasad and sepoy Chitra Sayka—were killed at the start of the gunfight Thursday night. Two of the militants, who Das said had been hiding in the forest for “a long time”, who were gunned down by the forces afterwards, have not been identified yet.
Das said the forces have launched a search operation for the other militants who have fled from the site of the gunfight. Choppers and sniffer dogs also have been pressed into service to locate the militants.
The bodies of the militants were handed over to the villagers of Changmulla, Rajwar for burial.