Anantnag: The standoff between militants and government forces at District Police Lines (DPL) Pulwama concluded late Saturday night with the killing of the third militant. Four policemen and four CRPF troopers, along with the two other militants, had lost their lives in the 17-hour gunfight.
Militants had stormed the police lines at about 3:45 AM Saturday morning. They managed to drag the standoff till about 11 PM, killing eight uniformed men in the meanwhile.
Bodies of all the three militants were retrieved by about 11 PM Saturday night, following which the operation was declared over by the government forces.
“Yes, all the three militants were killed and the encounter ended by about 11:00 PM,” Pulwama SSP, Chaudhary Aslam, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the bodies of the militants were sent to Srinagar and after collection of DNA samples and a post-mortem, they were sent to Gantamulla area in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district for burial.
“All three of them belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad. The slain are believed to have been named Saad, Dawood and Al-Bakar,” Aslam said, adding that all three of them were Pakistani nationals.
A day after the encounter, police today remained busy with sanitisation of the site of encounter.
Several blasts, as per reports, were heard in the vicinity of DPL throughout the day today.
“The unexploded explosives needed to be disposed of. That’s what the blasts were about,” the SSP told Kashmir Reader.
A complete shutdown was observed across main town Pulwama and some peripheral areas, in protest against the killing of the militants.
Shops and other commercial establishments remained closed throughout the day.