Srinagar: Ten people, including eight security men and three militants, were killed on Saturday in a gunfight between militants and the government forces inside the district police lines complex in Pulwama.
The eight security men killed in the operation against the militants included two policemen, four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) of the state police, police sources said.
“After the three militants were killed, firing inside the complex stopped,” police said.
Earlier, all families of police personnel were safely evacuated from the family quarters inside the complex.
Police said there was no hostage situation at any time during the operation against the militants, who had managed to enter the police lines after hurling grenades and using heavy volume of automatic gunfire around 3.40 a.m on Saturday.
Pertinently, militant Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has owned responsibility for the attack.
A JeM spokesman, identifying himself as Hassan Shah, phoned a local news agency to own responsibility for the attack.
The Army, state police and the CRPF jointly carried out the operation.
A building inside the complex was set ablaze. Fire tenders were called in to douse the fire.
Reports said that in the initial attack, constable Imtiyaz Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Churet Qazigund was killed in the attack on spot while as two CRPF personnel succumbed later in the hospital.
The injured persons were identified as Constable Mohammad Yaqood Jora (Belt no. 566/Pl), Pummy Kumar of 182 Bn CRPF (Belt no. 055073177), Proby Naryan of 182 Bn CRPF and Roy Sudh Karan of 182 Bn CRPF (Belt no. 135031703). Roy Sudh Karan, who later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The authorities, fearing law and order trouble, also snapped Internet services across Pulwama district.
Sources said that drones were pressed into service during the encounter that lasted almost 16 hours.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh led a high-level meeting with the Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.
Mehrishi said that the ongoing encounter with Fidayeen militants in Pulwama was discussed during the high-level meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.