By A Aalim Ahmad
Srinagar: Four militants and a soldier died in a gun-battle in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district on Thursday morning, officials said.
The encounter took place a day after two militants and a soldier were killed in a prolonged encounter in Katwara forests of Macchil sector in the same district.
The search operations continued in both areas as the Indian troops suspected presence of more militants.
Since these areas are out-of-bounds for civilians and independent verification of events is difficult, police and army are the only sources of information on the gunfights and operations in these areas.
Officials said that troops of 1/3 GR regiment intercepted a group of militants who were entering into Kashmir from Pakistan administered Kashmir on early Thursday morning at Tikri post in Tangdhar.
The gunfight continued for several hours, resulting in the death of four militants. The army said that a soldier injured in the gunfight was immediately evacuated to hospital where he succumbed to injuries.
The casualties occurred a day after a prolonged gun-battle culminated in the death of two militants and a soldier in Katwara forests of Macchil sector, one of the routes militants use to enter Kashmir.
The encounter had started three days ago when Rashtriya Rifles troops intercepted a group of militants during the night hours. Initially, four soldiers were wounded in the encounter. The wounded soldiers were evacuated to army’s Base Hospital in Srinagar where Signalman Ajay Singh Chowdhary succumbed to his injuries.
The body of Choudhary was on Thursday dispatched to his native place in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, after a wreath laying ceremony at XV Corps headquarters in Srinagar.
Paying tributes to the 24-year-old soldier, XV Corps commander Lt Gen Satish Dua said that such exemplary acts always served as an inspiration “not only to the uniformed community but to the entire nation.”
On the night intervening May 26 and May 27, four unidentified militants and a soldier were killed in a two-day-long operation in Tootmar Gali in Nowgam area of Kupwara district. Army had said that the four militants were trying to infiltrate into Kashmir.