Baramulla: A soldier was injured on Tuesday in a brief encounter with militants at Sogam, Kupwara, in north Kashmir.
Reports said the government forces launched a search operation in the forests at Nagbal to trap associates of the non-local militant whom police claimed to have arrested on Monday.
The militant, according to police, was arrested when he was in the market purchasing eatables for Iftar.
Police said the arrestee was Abu Ukasha alias Hanzullah, a Lashkar-e-Toiba commander who has been allegedly active in north Kashmir for the last two years.
Police produced him before the media in police lines Kupwara.
Following his inputs, the police and other government forces launched a joint operation to trap his two associates hiding in the forest. Sniffer dogs and para-commandos were also used in the operation.
The sources told Kashmir Reader that the militants opened fire and injured a soldier. They managed to take advantage of the darkness and escape, they said.
The forces’ officials could not be contacted to confirm the injury.
Meanwhile, the non-local, unidentified militant who was killed by the government forces at Pampore area of south Kashmir on Monday was laid to rest in Narvaw Valley of Baramulla.
He was buried in the new graveyard established behind Gantamulla police station along the banks of the river Jhelum, a police official said.
He said they were directed by their higher authorities to receive ad bury the body.
“We buried the body on Monday evening in this new graveyard, which carries graves of seven non-local militants,” he said.
On Tuesday morning, a group of locals reached the graveyard and prayed for the slain militant.